Symposium August 2011 - presentation of the speakers

The Nordic Committee for Human Rights


For the protection of Family Rights in the Nordic countries


The Nordic Committee for Human Rights - NKMR
Invitation to the NCHR's Symposium
at Hotel Scandic Crown, Polhemsplatsen 3, 411 11 Gothenburg, Sweden
Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 9 AM
Everyone is welcome to attend the Symposium - both members of the NCHR and non-members. Free admission.
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The Symposium theme:

Administrative court violations of children's and their families', Human Rights in public care cases

The Speakers:

Attorney Thomas Cohn, Sjöbo
Thomas Cohn is a civil law attorney from Sjöbo in Skåne. He specializes in administrative law and runs a law firm that is largely focused on protecting individual rights against public entities. He can be described as "Mr. appeal against administrative decisions".

Ph.D., leg. Psychologist Lena Hellblom Sjögren, Fagersta, Sweden
Lena Hellblom Sjögren is the mother of four children. She often appointed to investigate custody cases and to analyse investigations produced by the social services in child-care cases, and also cases of alleged sexual abuse of children. Lena Hellblom Sjögren has also studied numerous cases of Parental Alienation Syndrome - a syndrome that often occurs in custody disputes and which is internationally regarded as serious child abuse. She has found that the social services also act as alienators in public care cases.
Please read:
Dangerous mother, or mother claimed to be dangerous? (Farlig, eller farliggjord mamma?) (Google Translate)

Former Appeal Court Judge Hans Hjortsjö, Väröbacka
Hans Hjortsjö is former Judge of the Administrative Court of Appeal in Gothenburg and now retired judge from Gothenburg District Court. Hans Hjortsjö was one of the judges in The Strömstad Case, where he entered a dissenting opinion against the decision of the two other magistrates who had acquitted the Municipality of Strömstad from the charges of gross misconduct in handling the case. Strengthened by Hans Hjortsjö dissent, the parents appealed to the verdict of the lower court to the Court of Appeal for Western Sweden, where a unanimous Court of Appeal found the municipality of Strömstad for misconduct.
Welcome to read: Blood is thicker than water (Blod är tjockare än vatten) (Google Translate)

Raili Rindelöv, Oulu, Finland
Raili Rindelöv is the mother of two children. She is a teacher and educator. She studied at the University of Gothenburg. Raili Rindelöv is quite unique due to the fact that she has won a case - against both Finland and Sweden - in the European Court of Justice.


Sonja Cederlöf, Rönneshytta
Sonja Cederlöf was chairman of the Social Welfare Committee in Askersund. Her speech to the Board was previously published in Teresa Jansson and Berit Rönnebäcks dissertation in social work, Spring semester 1995 with the title "The Askersund Case - persecuting strategies in a public care (LVU) case"
Welcome to read: Sonja Cederlöf's speech to Askersund social welfare board (Sonja Cederlöfs anförande till Askersunds socialnämnd) (Google Translate)

 Anthony Curry, Öckerö
Anthony (Tony) Curry, father of two, was president of the Social Welfare Committee, District (SDN) Bergsjön, in the 1990s.
On September 30, 1997, the newspaper,
Arbetet Nyheterna (Work News) published an article about the conflict between social welfare officers in Bergsjön and the social committee. The Radio program, “Studio One in Radio One” (19/12 1997) informed that since the year before, the social welfare officers, due to "health and safety reasons" no longer presented their cases themselves to the politicians, instead this was done by someone who was not involved in the investigations. According to the head safety officer, who was supported by the Labour Inspectorate, the politicians had violated the social workers in serious ways. The alleged violations mainly consisted in the social welfare committee’s demands for proper investigations and that they had returned substandard investigations and demanded reports.
Please read -Konflikten i stadsdelsnämnden Bergsjön, Göteborg (Google Translate)

Mia Magné, Mark Municipality
Mia Magné is the mother of three children, now adults. She holds an MBA and she is the accounting manager at a large company. She is a local non-professional politician and chairman of the Social Committee in the municipality of Mark. In her capacity of Chairman of the Social Committee, Mia Magné objected tothe emergency removal of three siblings from their families. The social worker then turned to Vice President from whom she obtained the emergency care order.
Please read - Tre markbarn får flytta hem (Google Translate)


Attorney Madeleine Johansson, LLM, Gothenburg
Madeleine Johansson work both with business law and with family law. She was one of the lecturers at the NCHR’s Symposium 2009, following her investigation of the Dalsland case” where it emerged that a German company was running a private childrens’ home for German children and adolescents in the forest in Dalsland.
Please read - Dalslandsfallet - Tyskt barn rymt från tyskt barnhem i Dalsland (Google Translate)

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