Family - what does it mean to you?
It’s not very often that I get angry because of an article I’ve just read, but when things are related to violating human rights, harming children or animals I really lose my temper and regret I didn’t end up working for a human rights organisation.
So, here’s the story: Norway and Poland have been in conflict for years over matters relating to Norway’s child protection agency Barnevernet.
The Polish diplomat now declared ‚persona non grata’ in Norway, Consul Slawomir Kowalski, has actively assisted Polish families who have come in conflict themselves with Barnevernet over how they care for or discipline their children.. To me, Kowalski symbolises a person fighting for a dignity of a family, a family that is a basic human community, primary and superior to the state that should look after it.
Poland responded by quickly expelling a Norwegian diplomat (not sure if that’s the best they could do though!)
So far, we didn’t hear much about Barnevernet, as opposed to German Jugendamt that was famous for its evil reputation of taking children away from their parents for no reason.
I don’t agree with the principles that these institutions adhere to. If the state usurps the right to be an arbiter in all family relations, the family itself loses its natural character. Norway rejected the so-called ”biological principle”, that is, perceiving the best interest of the child in the care of parents.
Barnevernet has been criticised for violating fundamental rights guaranteed by international acts such as the European Convention on Human Rights or the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is about the right to protection of family life and subsidiarity of the state towards the family, which means that the family - also from the point of view of natural law - is primary and the state cannot interfere in the functioning of the family, as long as the well-being of the child is not threatened .
Barnevernet, on the other hand, far exceeds these natural norms regarding the relationship between the state and the family.
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