President of Czech Republic accuses Norwegian authorities to “Nationalize” Czech children when taken into public care.
In 2011, a woman with Czech background deprived custody of their two sons of child welfare services in Norway. The case – and the ensuing controversy between the Norwegian authorities and the biological mother – has been repeatedly discussed in the Czech media.
But the festering issue has now escalated to a new level, after the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, went to a frontal attack on Norwegian child welfare in an interview with the Czech media house Blesk:
– The boys are in foster families, which resembles Lebensborn. Their mother gets hit them for 15 minutes twice a year, and she is not allowed to speak Czech to them, he says in an interview with the newspaper.
– Raising them as Norwegians Nazi Germany “Lebensborn” program was founded by Heinrich Himmler during WWII to drive eugenics. The aim was to strengthen the Nordic race portion of the German people, and it was created own maternity homes and other support for unmarried mothers who were deemed racially valuable.
Through the program, children were born outside marriage, but that still was considered purebred, adoption to German parents.
President Zeman Norwegian authorities to deprive their children Czech heritage.
– Children are de-nationalized of their Chech culture. The Norwegian system teaches them to become young Norwegians, he said.
Kjetil Moen, Director General of the child welfare department of Children and Equality will not comment on the statements of the Czech president.
– Statements falls on its own weight and I would therefore not comment on them specifically, Moen says.
Journalist Blesk, Ladislav Leimer, told VG that there has been huge interest in the case in the Czech Republic.
– The thing is big here, since there is no reason to take the Czech children from their mother, claiming Leimer.
– Our readers are angry at the Norwegian child welfare services. There are plenty of similar cases in Europe, it is always the same: The CPS takes children from foreign parents, without any evidence, to give them to foster families.
Kjetil Moen told VG that he looks seriously at what he thinks is the foreign media who spread untruths about Norwegian child welfare:
– There is a close cooperation between various Norwegian authorities on these matters. Norway has tried to refute unfounded allegations, says Moen on.
The Norwegian child welfare has been sharply criticized in several countries in recent years, particularly in Eastern European countries have been strong reactions.
In 2012 took to the streets campaigners at Norwegian embassies in several Russian cities to protest against around 15 child care in Norway. They believed that the Norwegian authorities deprived Russian mothers custody of “ridiculous” basis, according to TV2. In 2014, accused the Russian Ombudsman, Pavel Astakhov, Norway for “child terror” on the basis of the handling of several cases involving children with Russian background.
Also in India, Norwegian Child Welfare been the subject of criticism. In 2012 let a parents interviewed about his fight against the system – they thought namely that they were deprived of the care of their children because of cultural differences. The case was in the Indian media described as “the Norwegian nightmare.” Both the Indian president and foreign minister involved in the case, which led to several diplomatic dilemmas for the Norwegian foreign service.
Source: Norwegian tabloid VG