For the protection of Family Rights in the Nordic countries
The Nordic Committee for Human Rights - NKMR
Invitation to the NCHR's Symposium
at Hotel Scandic Crown, Polhemsplatsen 3, 411 11 Gothenburg, Sweden
Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 9 AM
Everyone is welcome to attend the Symposium - both members of the NCHR and non-members. Free admission.
Prior notification is required due to planning for refreshments to:
Rigmor Persson (+) 46 31 - 93 57 95, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ruby Harrold-Claesson, (+) 46 31 - 70 20 385, (email@example.com)
This year's theme:
Violations of Human Rights when children are forcibly removed from their parents and placed in foster homes
James Deuchars, Glasgow, Scotland.
Jimmy Deuchars is the president of Grandparents Apart, the UK, which was founded about ten years ago. He is not a lawyer and does not give legal advice, but the members of the organization have their own experiences of the problem area and by sharing their experiences and they have helped thousands of grandparents. Grandparents Apart has significantly raised the status of the older generation and they have managed to get Scotland's government to adopt "The Charter of the Grand Children", a document which points out that children must be a priority, while stating that grandparents are very important to their grandchildren.
For more information please see: Grandparents Apart UK. www.grandparentsapart.co.uk
Advokat Tryggve Emstedt, Gävle, Sweden
Tryggve Emstedt is the president of Länderkommittén, an organisation for the former Balkan countries, and he is one of the substitute Board members of the NCHR. He has been a lawyer for 30 years and has extensive experience of working with child-care cases in the administrative courts. He therefore has extensive experience of the methods employed by the social services in these cases. For many years, Trygve Emstedt has written debate articles, etc. on the miscarriages of justice and the Human Rights abuses committed against children and their families in Sweden.
Please read: Experiences from 30 years of working with child-care cases (Erfarenheter av 30 års arbete med LVU) (Google Translate)
Lena Hellblom Sjögren, Fagersta, Sweden
Lena Hellblom Sjögren, Ph.D., leg. Psychologist, is the mother of four children. She often retained to investigate custody cases and investigations produced by the social services in child-care cases, and also cases of alleged sexual abuse of children. Lena Hellblom Sjögren has also examined numerous cases of Parental Alienation Syndrome - a syndrome that often occurs in custody disputes and which is internationally regarded as serious child abuse. She has found that the social services also act as alienators in child-care cases.
Please read: Dangerous mother, or mother claimed to be dangerous? (Farlig, eller farliggjord mamma?) (Google Translate)
Christer Johansson, Gotland, Sweden
Christer Johansson is an alternative technician, photographer and designer. He is also the father in the internationally highly publicised Johansson Case
For more information see: The Domenic Johansson Case: Home schooled boy snatched from plane in Sweden
Abigail Lehrer, Östersund, Sweden
Abigail Lehrer is the mother of three children. She is also a fourth year University student. For her dissertation in the field of social work, she has studied parents' experiences of the abuse of power being perpetrated by Swedish social workers.
Dissertation: The worst dragon (Den värsta draken)
Margareta Palm, Stockholm, Sweden
Margareta Palm was one of the spokespersons of Grandmothers' Rebellion during the mid-1990s. These rebellious grand-parents brought the Government's and Parliament's attention to the fact that the legislature had omitted the children's immediate network and delivered them into the social workers arbitrary condemnation of their relatives, in cases where children had to live with other than their biological parents.
Please read: The social services scare relatives to silence (Socialen skrämmer släkten till tystnad) (Google Translate)
Advokat Marius Reikerås, Bergen, Norway
Marius Reikerås is the lawyer of the "North Sea Divers' Alliance" (Nordsjødykkeralliansen) in their claims against the Norwegian government. He is also highly critical of Norway's approach to its citizens' human rights.
Please read: Violations of Human Rights in Norway (Krenkelser av menneskerettigheter i Norge) (Google Translate)