Ct. rules parents can’t see homeschooler thru adulthood

Dec 8, 2015 by

Indefinitely extending homeschooler Domenic Johansson’s prohibition from being able to his parents over the past five years, the Swedish Supreme Court rejected what could possibly be his family’s last appeal to reunite with him.

After being taken away from his parents, Christer and Annie Johansson, seven years ago when he was seven years old — and not being allowed to see them at all over the past five years — the homeschool boy, who is now 14, will likely not see his parents again … at least until he’s an adult.

The decision has all but diminished the Johansson’s last glimmer of hope of seeing their son again, as they can now possibly appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), but it has a dismal record when it comes to rulings concerning claims made by homeschoolers.

Nordic Committee for Human Rights (NCHR) President Ruby Harrold-Claesson, who has represented the Johanssons and many other families fighting the Swedish Social Services, has won numerous judgments from the ECHR, but she points out that the odds are against the Johanssons as homeschoolers. She informed attorneys at the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) that things looked bleak from the onset of the latest deliberation, reporting that members of Sweden’s high court were extremely quick to issue their denial to the homeschool family.

“This decision really isn’t surprising because the system has to protect its power over every individual, and its prestige when they commit the basest of crimes,” Claesson insisted.

Agreeing with the European attorney, HSLDA Director of Global Outreach Michael Donnelly asserts that the latest decision by Sweden’s highest court is a tragedy and a gross violation of universally inherent parental rights.

“This is more of the same cold, callous indifference we’ve seen in the past from the Swedish Supreme Court,” Donnelly argued. “This court had multiple opportunities to correct a gross injustice, and each time they have turned away.”

After tragically breaking up the Johanssons for more than seven years and depriving them of their basic parental rights, the Swedish government continues to add insult to injury upon the besieged family, according to HSLDA’s staff attorney.

“The Swedish state has destroyed this family and, sadly, even if the court agreed to hear the case and overturn the decision — the harm that has been done is virtually irreparable,” Donnelly maintains.

See OneNewsNow story “After 7 years, homeschool boy still in custody” for more details on Domenic’s abduction by the state.

Living just driving distance from their son without being allowed too see him on the Swedish island of Gottland off the nation’s southeastern coast in the Baltic Sea, the Johanssons are preparing themselves for the possible reality that they may never see their son again. Domenic’s father, Christer, made a post on his Facebook page on September 9 showing his remorse in not being able to celebrate his son’s progression into manhood with him.

“Today is Domenic’s birthday, now he’s 14 years old,” the distraught father wrote. “We would love to congratulate him, but we just can’t, or to tell the truth, not allowed to.”

The fight continues

Not giving up hope, Donnelly says that he and other legal experts around the world aren’t willing to give up on the Johanssons.

“HSLDA — along with organizations like the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) [and NCHR] — will continue to fight for justice for the Johanssons,” the Christian lawyer assured. “It is the right thing to do, and in so doing we may help others.”

ADF Senior Counsel Roger Kiska stresses that there is something gravely wrong with Sweden’s justice system.

“Domenic should have been returned long ago but for the bureaucratic hardness of the Swedish Child Protection system,” the attorney based in Europe expressed. “The behavior of the Swedish officials in this case has been reprehensible, and the fact that the European Court of Human Rights has not engaged in this case is troubling.”

He promises to continue to fight for the Johansson’s parental right to do what they have done for millennia — be parents.

“Families have a right to be respected by the state, and the ECHR should intervene where injustice like this has been perpetrated,” Kiska added. “We will be working to continue to support the Johanssons and call on the Swedish government to correct this injustice by reuniting this family.”

Donnelly also noted the indescribable heartache being endured by the Johanssons as they see the years of their child’s youth continue to dwindle away.

“But the cold, hard reality is that the Johansson family has, as Christer himself once said, been ‘broken into a million pieces,’’ the attorney focusing on constitutional issues pointed out. “Our hearts should also be broken for this family and others who face similar injustice.”

 

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