Symposium 2016 - The Laureates




Presentation Lifetime Awardees 2016

Lifetime Achievement Award


Brita Nordström, Human Rights Campaigner

 Brita Nordström, born on 28 September 1914, died on 1 January 2016, is rewarded the NCHR's Honorary Diploma / Lifetime Award in 2016 posthumously.
Brita Nordstrom was the founder of the Foundation FAMILY CAMPAIGN. She is assigned to the NCHR's Award for her lifelong commitment, her life's work to safeguard and protect children's and their families' human rights in Sweden. Brita Nordstrom opened the eyes of the world to the political and social experiments that had been launched in Sweden and the Nordic countries.
Brita Nordstrom was a woman who many gladly listened to, respected and they felt confidence for her. She was a member of the council and health board in Täby 1973-1982. For a time she was Taby culture RAC for president. Brita was president of the foundation that thought that they should build a church in Näsbypark. She gave a speech at the groundbreaking for Näsby Park Church. There, she practiced often on the organ and there her funeral service was held.
During the 1970s Brita Nordström got involved in national politics and founded Family Campaign. In a petition addressed to Prime Minister Olof Palme with over 63,000 signatures, she criticised the government's family policy. Fearless and clear, she debated Swedish family policies in the newspapers and on national and international television and and she wrote several books on the subject.
Brita Nordstrom is survived by her three children, Karin Walde, Barbro Liberg and Hans Nordström.



Lifetime Achievement Award


Bo Edvardsson, Human Rights Defender

Bo Edvardsson was born in 1944. He is now retired associate professor of psychology and social work at the Institute of Law, Psychology and Social Work at the University of Örebro.
For several years he participated in the interdisciplinary reference group for the Children's Ombudsman. He published his first report on the investigation methods in the social services under the title: "Persecutory strategies in a compulsory child care case" in 1988. Bo Edvardsson and his thesis students have authored several hundred studies on the social services' methods of investigation - or lack thereof. He has been engaged as expert investigator in numerous lawsuits, where his systematic review has shown that the faulty methods of the social services' investigators have led to wrong conclusions and wrong recommendations. Bo Edvardsson has participated in numerous radio and TV- programs, and he has lectured at NCHR/NKMR symposia, his latest appearance was on 22 August 2009.

Bo Edvardsson's textbook "Critical assessment methodology" ("Kritisk utredningsmetodik") is used in social work courses. It was published in 1996 and a new edition was published in 2003.
Please read "The social services investigations are a stinking swamp" ("Socialtjänstens utredningar är ett stinkande träsk").

Bo Edvardsson is married. He has two sons and a daughter.

Lifetime Achievement Award




 Janne Josefsson, Journalist and Human Rights Defender

Janne Josefsson is known throughout Sweden and in the Nordic countries as a very knowledgeable and hard-hitting investigative journalist. His career in journalism began as a reporter for Swedish Radio's editorial community between 1975 and 1981. In the early 1990s, Janne Josefsson as TV reporter, with Striptease, a probing social magazine that aired on Swedish television during the period 1991-2000.
The program consisted of investigative reporting built on thorough research, design-driven and the hard pushing of theories, which could lead to tough confrontation with those in power. Unconventional methods, such as hidden camera, were common and often aroused debate. The documentaries were often made together with Hannes Råstam and they attracted a lot of attention. In Striptease, in the Spring of 1997, Janne Josefsson revealed the methods used by the social workers in the municipality of Lerum, in the Frank case (Fallet Frank), in which the CPS' staff tried to forcibly seize the Frank family's sons, but the father "went underground" with the children.
In an episode of Striptease he exposed theextra activities of many judges. The case of Osmo Vallo, rewarded Janne Josefsson and Hannes Råstam the 1998 Great Journalist Award.

Another high-profile documentary that was awarded the "Golden shovel" was "Elisabeth" - how the mental health system failed an autistic woman.

In 2001 Janne Josefsson started as investigative journalist on Mission review (Uppdrag granskning). On Human Rights Day, December 10, 2002, Swedish TV showed Janne Josefsson's documentary: "Too stupid" to have children, ("För dumma" för att ha barn), about Karin, Lasse and their little son Calle in Oskarshamn. The documentary aroused a public outcry in Sweden, but the social workers did not release their prestige: they did not return Calle to his parents. In the case of Louise in Vetlanda, (Fallet Louise i Vetlanda) Janne Josefsson achieved a solution for the girl and the case forced many local politicians to leave their positions.
In 2006, Janne Josefsson made his own programs Josefsson. In 2008 he was the host of the live Society Debate program on SVT. He was leader of the program until May 2009, and he is still working with the program Mission Review.
He has also been a visiting professor of journalism at the College of Music in Piteå.


Janne Josefsson is married and has three sons.


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