Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Desperate Homeschooling Parents Plead for Help

April 16, 2013 Desperate Homeschooling Parents Plead for Help—Hope Court Will Hear Case Family’s Attorney Says: “Let Them Know the World is Watching.”

Domenic Johansson has been separated from his family for years. Will you join us in contacting the Swedish Supreme Court (Högsta domstolen) and asking the justices to intervene on behalf Annie and Christer Johansson? Contact information and a sample message here.

  Annie and Christer Johansson’s appeal to the Supreme Court of Sweden may be their last hope to see their son again. They haven’t seen him in nearly three years. The family was on board Turkish Air Flight 990 on June 25, 2009 when their 7-year-old son Domenic was snatched from them by armed Swedish police. The police were ordered to seize the boy based on the fact that he had been homeschooled, even though school had already ended for the year.

The family was moving permanently to India, Annie’s home country. In December 2012, a Swedish appeals court overturned a lower court ruling in favor of the parents and ordered the guardianship of Domenic transferred to an appointed third party. The ruling effectively terminated Annie and Christer’s parental rights over Domenic, who has now been in a foster home for nearly four years. The strain of the forced separation is inflicting unbearable pain and pressure on the family who still live on the same island just miles from where their son lives—yet they are not permitted to have any contact with him whatsoever.

Plead with the Court HSLDA is asking homeschooling and concerned parents from all over the world to join in a letter-writing campaign to plead with the Swedish Supreme Court to take the case and to return Domenic to his parents. Ruby Harrold-Claesson, the attorney for the family, told HSLDA that it is important that the Swedish government know that they are being watched. “Let them know the world is watching,” Harrold-Claesson told HSLDA. “I think that it is positive that the Justices at the Supreme Court should know that the world is watching them.

Shower them with emails, inundate their fax with letters. Everything—email or fax—that is sent to the court has to be registered and made available for public scrutiny.” Michael Donnelly, HSLDA’s director for international affairs, has been working with the family since 2009 and says this may be their last hope. “If the Swedish Supreme Court does not intervene it is likely they will never see their son again. It is like a death sentence, except that Domenic is alive and just a few miles away from his mother. The strain on her is becoming unbearable. She is having increasingly frequent physical and mental breakdowns. I fear for her life,” Donnelly said. More here.

3 comments:

Eva said...

Isn't that tragic? Peter told me about this case tonight. We already signed petition of the Romeike's. So sad that this is happening with homeschoolers.

Alexandra S said...

Very! I can't imagine what the parents are going through. I think I'd take my child and run to Finland!

Eva said...

Who knows, maybe Finland will become like this also. Sweden always had lots of child care and very high taxes. Too bad, I do like the country and I have quite a few relatives there.