The Domenic Johansson Case: Holes in their heads

Holes in their heads
Maria Andersson's blogg, Världen idag, varldenidag.se - 2009-09-28
Translation: Ruby Harrold-Claesson, lawyer

 


This is the translation of the article "
Hål i huvudet" that was previously published in Världen idag and varldenidag.se on September 28, 2009.

 


The outright kidnapping of Domenic, the little boy the newspaper (Världen idag) The World Today has written about here, shows an ugly picture of the legal security afforded Swedish citizens. It becomes more and more obvious that things have gone wrong and that both the social services and the police have been reading the rule book backwards, with regard to what they should do when children are involved.

The trauma that the social services and police have inflicted on the whole family is arguably more serious than the "problems" they assumed existed when they staged the kidnapping. Moreover, it is very hard to believe that they really exhausted all possibilities to come to terms with the family and take into account the child's perspective, which is supposed to be the guiding star of social services, in their dealing with the matter,.

The fact that Swedish authorities can harrass children and parents in this way is just further proof that it is time to clean up in the morass called Swedish social services.

The social services are supposed to provide support and assistance to people who for various reasons find themselves in a difficult situation. Many social workers do an incredibly important job, sometimes under difficult circumstances. But  when they proceed in the manner they did to the Johansson family all your confidence in their entire rangs disappear. The question man on the street will be asking is: who will be hit next time - and for what?

In this case, social services now claim, under pressure, that the boy was taken into public care because he had holes in his teeth.. The social welfare officers on Gotland, the social council, the county court and the police all seem to be suffering from more serious problems than holes in their teeth..

Holes in their heads, rather.


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The Domenic Johansson Case: Home schooled boy snatched from plane in Sweden

The Domenic Johansson Case: Home schooled boy snatched from plane in Sweden
A collection of articles in different media, September 7, 2009 --
Updated June 5, 2016

 


before and after
A thriving Domenic is shown in a passport photograph, left, just before he was taken into custody by Swedish social-services agents. The right photo, obtained by the Dominic Johansson website, shows a "not-so-thriving Domenic" some months after he was forcibly placed in the Swedish foster-care system.


 

Web master's comments:

This case is "just" another of those never ending cases of abuse of power that have affected - and are still affecting - Swedish parents or parents living in Sweden. The police seizure of the seven-year old boy, Domenic Johansson, from the Turkish Airliner on June 25, 2009, is rather a commando attack than caring for a child who is allegedly in danger because neither he nor his parents wanted him to attend the Swedish government school. Without a doubt, Domenic Johansson has been traumatized by the actions of the authorities.
In the Alexander Aminoff Case, Alexander was removed from his school the day before he and his mother were to travel to South America, where she, being a journalist, was to write travel reports.

The intervention against seven year old Domenic Johansson constitutes a breach of the European Convention Additional Protocol No. 1, Article 2: "Right to education
 No person shall be denied the right to education. In the exercise of any functions which it assumes in relation to education and to teaching, the State shall respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions.”
The intervention also constitutes a violation of the European Convention Additional Protocol No. 4, Article 2:2, which reads:
"2. Everyone shall be free to leave any country, including his own."

 





Social workers drag boy from plane, get dragged into court
Swedish officials accused of destroying family over homeschooling
By Bob Unruh

 

For half of his life, 14-year-old Domenic Johansson has been in the custody of social services agencies in his home country of Sweden after agents forcibly removed him from a jet on which he and his parents were preparing to leave for his mother’s home country of India, because he was homeschooled.

 

For much of that time, he’s been denied permission to see or talk to his parents. Social services agencies even have denied him contact with extended relatives, and he was refused permission to attend the funeral of his grandmother.

 

WorldNetDaily, wnd.com - June 4, 2016




Government leaves family 'broken into a million pieces'
Court won't allow homeschooling parents to even see 'state-napped' son

By Bob Unruh
The highest court in Sweden has refused even to consider allowing parents to see their now-14-year-old son, who essentially was “state-napped” by social-service workers at age 7 merely because he was homeschooled.

Word of the decision comes from the Home School Legal Defense Association, which has been working with other groups including the Alliance Defending Freedom and lawyer Ruby Harrold-Claesson, of the Nordic Committee on Human Rights, on the case involving Domenic Johansson.
WorldNetDaily, wnd.com -
December 2, 2015

 

 
Swedish Dad: My Family has been “Broken into a Million Pieces”
HSLDA
The Swedish Supreme Court has declined to hear the latest, and possibly last, appeal of Christer and Annie Johansson to be reunited with their son. This ruling paves the way for the parents to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, but that court has not been favorable to this family or to homeschooling-related claims.
HSLDA, hslda.org - December 1, 2015


New hope for 'state-napped' homeschooler
Boy yanked off jetliner by police in armed SWAT raid at age 7
By Bob Unruh
An appeal by parents of a “state-napped” Swedish boy who was taken into government custody because he was homeschooled has been rejected by an international court in Europe, which blasted the parents for preventing their son from going to school and keeping him “isolated from children of his own age.”
WorldNetDaily, wnd.com - 2015-05-04



Help the Johansson Family Renew Their Case
Originally Seized for being Homeschooled, Son has been Held by State Since 2009
Christer and Annie Johansson haven’t seen their son Domenic, now 12 years old, since November 2010. They recently contacted HSLDA to spread the news that they are asking all of their supporters to contact the Swedish court that will hear their new case on Thursday, March 26.

 

This family’s battle has been long, hard, and painfully disappointing. After 7-year-old Domenic was initially seized in June 2009, a Swedish appeals court permanently transferred custody of Domenic to a third-party custodian and terminated Christer and Annie’s parental rights in December 2012.
HSLDA, hslda.org, March 24, 2015

 

 

Swedish Court Rejects Homeschool Family’s Desperate Appeal
In a perfunctory order the Swedish Supreme Court rejected a desperate appeal by Christer and Annie Johansson, parents of Dominic Johansson, who was torn from his parents while minutes from take-off on an international flight as the family prepared to move to India. There were no pending criminal or civil charges at the time.
By rejecting the appeal, the court upholds an appeals court ruling that effectively terminated the parental rights of Christer and Annie Johansson. United States courts have called the termination of parental rights the family court equivalent of the death penalty.
HSLDA, hslda.org, April 30, 2013


Homeschool parents lose fight to keep their child
According to Swedish law, all children have to go to school. But not everyone agrees -- some parents want to educate their children at home.

 

Radio Sweden reports on a case where a seven-year old child was taken away from his parents, and the boy was placed in a foster home. The parents say it was partly because they refused to send their child to school. On Thursday, the Swedish Supreme Court decided not to take up their case.

 

Sveriges Radio, sverigesradio.se - 29 april 2013

 

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

 

 

Swedish Nightmare: The Social Services Department, Long Arm of the Social Dictatorship
By Christopher C.M. Warren
The Domenic Johansson case in Sweden, in which the State has abducted a child from its parents, is winding to a close. It is a case that is emblematic of the tyranny that is tightening its fist around most of the nations of the West, America included.
American Daily Herald, americandailyherald.com, 20 December 2012


Swedish Appeals Court Ends Parental Rights
First the Swedish government took their son away. Now an appeals court has terminated their parental rights -- all because they homeschooled their son.

 

Dominic Johanson has been in state custody since 2009.
CBN News, December 17, 2012

 


Sweden revokes parental rights of homeschooling family after three year ordeal
By LifeSiteNews staff
On Monday, December 10, 2012, also International Human Rights Day, a Swedish appeals court reversed a lower court ruling in favor of Annie and Christer Johansson and terminated their parental rights in regard to their son, Domenic.
LifeSiteNews, December 12, 2012, (HSLDA.org)


 

Johansson Family Deprived of Justice on Human Rights Day
By Robin Phillips
An appeals court has handed down a verdict that Domenic Johansson will not be returned to his parents, following a separation of three and a half years.
The ruling overturns the decision of the Gotland district court from June this year, which found that there were no grounds for terminating Christer and Annie Johansson’s parental rights.
Ironically, the decision was rendered yesterday, the day that is celebrated throughout the world as Human Rights Day 2012.
Christian Voice, December 11, 2012

 

 

Family Execution— Swedish Style
Appeals Court Reversal Stuns Parents of Boy Seized by the State
HSLDA
On Monday, December 10, 2012, also International Human Rights Day, a Swedish appeals court reversed a lower court ruling in favor of Annie and Christer Johansson and terminated their parental rights in regard to their son Dominic.
HSLDA, hslda.org - December 10, 2012


Johansson Family Back in Court
Swedish Officials Again Seek to Terminate Parents’ Custody of Domenic
HSLDA
The Social Welfare Committee responsible for keeping Domenic Johansson separated from his parents for more than three years has appealed the June 2012 court ruling that upheld Christer and Annie Johanssons’ parental rights. The Svea Court of Appeal in Stockholm will hear the appeal this week on November 22 and 23.
HSLDA, hslda.org - November 20, 2012

 


Parents shed tears over homeschool-crackdown horrors
By Alex Newman
BERLIN, Germany – Countless tears were shed at the first Global Home Education Conference here as homeschooling parents told horror stories of having to flee vicious persecution in their home countries – mostly Sweden and Germany, but other places as well.
WorldNetDaily, wnd.com - 05 November 2012


Nightmare soon to end?: Court vindicates Swedish homeschooling parents in state kidnapping case
By Ben Johnson

A Swedish homseschooling couple may shortly be reunited with their son after a prolonged separation, after a Swedish court has judged that the couple did not act irresponsibly by removing their children from the public school system.
LifeSiteNews, lifesitenews.com - June 15, 2012


Swedish Court Vindicates Homeschooling Parents
Charisma News Staff

A Swedish district court has ruled that the parental rights of a 10-year-old boy abducted by the government three years ago for being home-schooled will not be terminated.

 

The court stated it could not ignore the unanimous and extensive testimony of firsthand accounts of friends, family and others that Domenic Johansson’s parents, Christer and Annie, were properly caring for him prior to Swedish authorities seizing him in 2009.

 Charisma News, charismanews.com - June 15, 2012


Parents of Boy Seized by State Hopeful after Favorable Court Ruling
HSLDA -
Breaking News

In a major breakthrough, a Swedish district court has ruled that the parental rights of Annie and Christer Johansson will not be terminated. In its 23-page detailed opinion, the court stated it could not ignore the unanimous and extensive testimony of firsthand accounts of friends, family and others that Dominic Johansson was being properly cared for by his parents prior to Swedish authorities seizing him on June 26, 2009.

 

The boy and his parents were on board a jetliner minutes from departing Sweden for Annie’s home country of India when Dominic was seized. Authorities justified the taking by pointing to the fact that Dominic was homeschooled. Since then, the family has pursued numerous court actions only to lose in all of them until now.
Homeschool Legal Defence Association, hslda.org - June 14, 2012


Parents of 'State-Napped' Boy Hopeful after Favorable Court Ruling
By Jeremiah Lorrig

Court rules that Christer and Annie Johansson will retain custody of their son; Domenic still in state foster care
Christian News Wire, christiannewswire.com - June 14, 2012



Domenic Johannson May Be Going Home
By Dale Hurd

I received word this evening that the parents of Domenic Johansson, the Swedish homeschooled boy abducted by authorities in 2008, have won the case in which Swedish Social Services tried to have their parental rights terminated.

The five-judge panel decided 4-1 in favor of Christer and Annie Johansson, with judges reportedly questioning the grounds for taking Domenic away in the first place.

 CBN News Sr. Reporter, CBN News, blogs.cbn.com - June 13, 2012


Swedish court declares mom, dad of abducted home-schooled boy to be fit parents
Domenic Johansson still in government captivity after three years
 GOTLAND, Sweden — A Swedish district court has ruled that the parental rights of a 10-year-old home-schooled boy abducted by the government three years ago will not be terminated. Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund and the Home School Legal Defense Association are legal advisors to the parents, who are represented by Ruby Harrold-Claesson of the Nordic Committee on Human Rights.
 
The court stated it could not ignore the unanimous and expansive testimony of first-hand accounts of friends, family, and others that Domenic Johansson’s parents, Christer and Annie, were properly caring for him prior to Swedish authorities seizing him in 2009.

ADF Media,  adfmedia.org - 14 June 2012

Red Ice Radio - Christer Johansson - Abduction of Domenic Johansson by Swedish Social Services

Red Ice Radio, YouTube - 18 April 2012


Swedish Home-School Family ‘Broken to pieces‘
By Dale Hurd, CBN News Sr. Reporter

 

GOTLAND, Sweden -- It's been called one of the worst cases of government abuse ever committed against a home schooling family: the abduction by Swedish authorities of Domenic Johansson, a happy, healthy, 7-year-old boy taken from his parents Christer and Annie Johansson in 2009 as they waited to leave Sweden on a flight to India.

After the abduction, the Johanssons' story spread quickly on the Internet.

 But three years later, Domenic is still being kept from his parents, and Swedish authorities keep finding new reasons for why the child can't go home.
CBN News, cbn.com - March 21, 2012


Pressure mounts on state in homeschool case. Court ruling determines harm comes to child with extended separation

 By Bob Unruh

 Pressure is mounting on a state-run social services agency in Sweden to return to his parents a 10-year-old boy who was taken into custody because he was being homeschooled, after the European Court of Human Rights ruled such separations can cause harm to children.

 Domenic Johansson, then 7, was grabbed by police officers who descended on a jetliner he and his parents, Christer and Annie, had boarded in a move to his mother’s home country of India.

WorldNetDaily, wnd.com - February 13, 2012


Family of 'state-napped' child beats social services. Court ruling determines government cannot end parents' rights

 By Bob Unruh
A judge has handed defeat to a social services agency that dispatched police officers to an India-bound jetliner more than two years ago to take into custody a 7-year-old boy because he was being homeschooled.
WorldNetDaily, wnd.com - December 23, 2011

Private eye rescues kids in night-time missions. Returns children taken by social services to parents

 By Bob Unruh

 It’s not quite real-life “Spy Kids” even though the adventure certainly is there.

It seems a Polish private investigator, dubbed “Rambo” by fans, has found a solution to the problems created when social services workers in the Nordic countries take custody of children against the wishes of family members: Simply “kidnap” the kids and give them back to the parents.

 WorldNetDaily, wnd.com - August 21, 2011


Abducted homeschooler's case finally advances

 By Bob Unruh
Police took child from his parents only because of education at home

 It’s been some nine months since family advocates pleaded with the European Court of Human Rights to look into the case of a Swedish child taken by police from his parents and isolated with government-sponsored foster parents because he was being homeschooled, and now a case number has been assigned.

 WorldNetDaily, wnd.com - April 17, 2011


While the Swedish Family Court plans another hearing on the Domenic Johansson kidnapping case, many observers ask, "Why bother?"

 Friends of Domenic Johansson

 Don't get me wrong. I believe the Johanssons should be in court fighting tooth and nail until their son has been rightfully restored to them, and I will support them to the best of my ability until that day finally arrives. As far as I am concerned, they've never had a real court trial in this case. Instead, these dear, gentle people have stood tried and convicted as guilty since June 25th, 2009, months before ever setting foot into an LVU court room.
Friends of Domenic Johansson, Blogspot.com, April 17, 2011

 


Father jailed for visit with son set free. 'Released today, after 2 terrible months!'
By Bob Unruh

A Swedish father who was jailed by authorities for taking his son, in state custody because social services workers worried he was being homeschooled, home for a visit has been released from his incarceration.

 Word came to WND tonight via an e-mail from Christer Johansson, who said, "I was released from jail today, after 2 terrible months! … When the judge read the verdict, he said, '2 months in jail, already served, 15000 [kroner] in compensation to Domenic and then 2 years probation.'"

 WorldNetDaily, wnd.com - January 22, 2011


Dominic Johansson’s father on trial today
By Daniel Hammarberg

Today Gotland district court held its main proceedings against Christer Johansson, who’s charged with kidnapping or possibly unlawful deprivation of liberty.

Madness in Sweden, The Telegraph / Hammarberg - December 20th, 2010


Tell Sweden to quit punishing jailed dad. Facing trial for taking son home to see grandparents
By Bob Unruh

The case circumstances of the battle between the Johansson family and Swedish social services agencies are stark:
7-year-old Domenic Johansson in mid-2009 is abducted by social services workers from parents because they were homeschooling.
Courts rule state has right to keep custody and even after 18 months, he's allowed to see his mom and dad only about an hour every five to six weeks.
Frustrated father sneaks son home for unauthorized visit so he can see grandparents.
Father arrested, jailed, facing trial on counts of "interference."

WorldNetDaily, wnd.com - December 17, 2010


Dad gets jail for son's visit home. 'Only menace here is government drunk with its own power'

 By Bob Unruh
A father has been jailed and is facing a trial where he could be sent to prison for up to 10 years after bringing his son, who was "state-napped" by police on the instructions from social services workers in 2009, back to his home for a day-and-a-half visit with relatives.
WorldNetDaily, wnd.com - November 30, 2010


Distraught father takes son home

After a year-and-a-half of disappointing court cases and state-supervised one hour visits once every five weeks with his only child, an understandably distraught father accused of no crimes against his son, took his 9 year old son, Domenic, home for an extended visit with family on Monday, November 22nd. Christer Johansson had no apparent motive other than to have more time with his son and to allow Domenic's grandparents, who had not seen their grandson in nearly a year-and-a-half, a chance to see their grandchild. On Wednesday, November 24th, Christer telephoned Alva police to inform them he and Domenic could be found at home.
Posted on Friends of Domenic Johansson - November 29, 2010


The Domenic case is far from unique
By Daniel Hammarberg

Since Sweden introduced barnavårdslagen, "the child welfare law," in 1924, the act which enabled the state to take children into custody without their parents' consent, quite a few Swedes have faced relocation into foster care on dubious grounds. As the supply of foster homes wasn't nearly enough to meet the new demands of the grandiose plans for solving societal ills through foster care, the state swiftly established orphanages where sometimes upwards of 30 children were brought up. In the mid 20th century, at the peak of the days of unbridled foster care, no less than one in 30 children at any given time resided in foster care - half of them in actual families, the other half in orphanages. Since then, the proportion of the total population has gone down somewhat, but these dreaded child institutions are still around, now referred to as HVB-hem - treatment homes
Posted on Friends of Domenic Johansson - October 28, 2010


Judge blasts homeschool family's reunion hopes. Rules child 'state-napped' in 2009 must remain in social services custody

 By Bob Unruh
A judge in Sweden's administrative court has ruled that social workers will continue to have custody of a boy who was seized by police from a jetliner as he and his parents were preparing to move to India, according to a new report.

 The decision by Judge Peter Freudenthal was reported by the Home School Legal Defense Association, which along with international attorneys working with the Alliance Defense Fund already have appealed to the European Court of Human Rights for help reuniting the family.
WorldNetDaily, wnd.com - October 07, 2010


Government’s Claws Dig Deeper in Johansson Case
On September 21, 2010, Swedish Administrative Court Chief Judge Peter Freudenthal handed down his decision in the case of Domenic Johansson of Gotland, Sweden, dashing the hopes of his parents for reunification with their son, who has been kept in foster care for over one year. Dominic was seized by Swedish authorities from the plane he and his parents had boarded as they were moving to India, his mother’s home country. Authorities cited untreated cavities in the boy’s teeth, failure to vaccinate, and homeschooling as reasons for taking him into custody.
HSLDA,
Press Release, hslda.org - October 6, 2010


State 'child-napping' escalates to international court. Parents have been fighting 1 year for custody of son
By Bob Unruh

The state-sponsored "child-napping" of a Swedish boy because his parents were homeschooling him is being escalated to the European Court of Human Rights, which is being asked to hear the case of Dominic Johansson.
WorldNetDaily, wnd.com - June 25, 2010



Socials fast-track new case in Ruby Harrold-Claesson’s absence. Family’s Lawyer Inexplicably Banned.
Family Integrity, New Zealand

The struggle continues for little Domenic Johannson, seized by police from his agonized parents because he was briefly homeschooled, stayed home with his mother as a preschooler, and was reportedly too affectionate and outgoing. Close observers of the Johansson state-sponsored "kidnapping" case believe the Visby Social Board is pushing Swedish courts to fast-track a new series of court challenges in an effort to have the cases quashed long before Ruby Harrold-Claesson wins her way back as counsel to Domenic's parents, Annie and Christer Johansson.
Family Integrity, familyintegrity.org.nz -June 25, 2010


Socials fast-track new case in Ruby Harrold-Claesson’s absence. Family’s Lawyer Inexplicably Banned.
Friends of Domenic Blogspot

The struggle continues for little Domenic Johannson, seized by police from his agonized parents because he was briefly homeschooled, stayed home with his mother as a preschooler, and was reportedly too affectionate and outgoing. Close observers of the Johansson state-sponsored "kidnapping" case believe the Visby Social Board is pushing Swedish courts to fast-track a new series of court challenges in an effort to have the cases quashed long before Ruby Harrold-Claesson wins her way back as counsel to Domenic's parents, Annie and Christer Johansson.
Friends of Domenic Blogspot, friendsofdomenic.blogspot.com -June 25, 2010


Boy reaches 1 year in custody for being homeschooled. Dominic has been allowed to see parents an hour every 5 weeks
By Bob Unruh

A website supporting a Swedish family whose son was taken into custody by social-services agents almost exactly one year ago says the court case over the dispute now is being rushed before a human-rights activist can be restored to the case.
WorldNetDaily, wnd.com - June 24, 2010


Court accused of violating homeschooler's 'due process'. Officials' actions have 'called the fairness of the entire process into question'
By Bob Unruh

A decision by officials in Sweden to remove a well-known human-rights lawyer from a child-custody case is being called a "stunning display of bureaucratic indifference and contempt of due-process rights."
WorldNetDaily, wnd.com - June 18, 2010



State ‘Kidnapping’ of Swedish Home-schooler Prompts International Outcry
By Alex Newman

The case of eight-year-old Domenic Johansson, separated from his family by Swedish authorities last year over his parents’ decision to legally home school him, has prompted an international outcry from human rights groups, American home schooling organizations, and activists on the World Wide Web.
The New American, thenewamerican.com, 15 June, 2010



Judge banishes family's custody lawyer. Chief of Nordic Committee for Human Rights told she's off case
By Bob Unruh

An internationally known human-rights lawyer who had agreed to work on the case of a Swedish family whose son was taken into custody by agents of the government social-services program for being homeschooled says she has been banished from the case.
WorldNetDaily,
wnd.com -June 10, 2010


Social-service agents grab child from school. Hustled off in truck to prevent meeting human-rights lawyer

 By Bob Unruh
Social-services agents in Sweden have swooped down on an elementary school to grab a 9-year-old boy and take him out of class so he would not meet an internationally known human-rights attorney working on the family's custody dispute with the state, according to the attorney and parents.

 Government officials then cancelled a scheduled telephone conversation between the child, Domenic Johansson, and his parents, Christer and Annie, because of "what happened today at the school."
WorldNetDaily, wnd.com - May 11, 2010


Cavalry arrives for beleaguered homeschool family. Top human rights expert to argue for return of abducted 7-year-old

 By Bob Unruh
A top human rights expert who also is accomplished in Swedish law has been assigned to help a homeschool family whose 7-year-old son was taken into custody by police and has been detained by social services agents in Sweden for almost a year.

 The startling assignment by Swedish courts of attorney Ruby Harrold-Claesson to the case of Christer and Annie Johansson came only days after WND reported on a campaign by the Home School Legal Defense Association for homeschoolers and others worldwide to contact Swedish authorities about the case.
WorldNetDaily, wnd.com - April 30, 2010


Sweden to join Germany in persecuting homeschoolers? Legislative proposal 'would essentially ban' freedom in education

 By Bob Unruh
Members of Sweden's parliament are being warned to drop plans to change their homeschooling laws or they soon could be on par with Germany, where persecution over homeschooling recently prompted a family to flee to the U.S. for asylum.

 The warning comes from the Virginia-based Home School Legal Defense Association, the premier homeschooling-advocacy organization in the world.
WorldNetDaily, wnd.com, April 26, 2010


Parents plead for return of 7-year-old son. Dad, mom being allowed 1 hour visit every 5 weeks

 By Bob Unruh
A plea has been sent worldwide for moms, dads, brothers, aunts and grandparents – in fact anyone – to contact Swedish authorities and ask them to return to his parents a 7-year-old boy taken into police custody over a dispute that includes the family's decision to homeschool.
WorldNetDaily, wnd.com, April 19, 2010

 

State takes custody of 7-year-old over homeschooling. Now human rights organizations reviewing 'state-napping'
By Bob Unruh

Social workers have been visiting a Swedish couple whose son was "abducted" by government agents last year because he was being homeschooled, but that's not necessarily a good sign, and now two major rights organizations are exploring options to reunite the family.

 The Home School Legal Defense Association and members of the Alliance Defense Fund have been advising Christer and Annie Johansson on the "state-napping" of their son, Dominic, 7, from an airliner as the family was preparing to move to India last year.
WorldNetDaily, wnd.com, February 27, 2010


Swedish Govt slammed for seizing home ed boy
Christian home-schooling parents who had their son taken away by Swedish Government officials have lost their court case to have him returned.

Dominic Johansson, who is just seven years old, was taken away from his parents in 2008 [2009] and a court has now ruled that the Government was within its rights to do so.

Critics have called Dominic’s removal a “disgraceful” abuse of power.

Christer and Annie Johansson had boarded a plane with their son to India, Mrs Johansson’s home country, when officials seized Dominic.

The Christian Institute, christian.org.uk - 8 Jan 2010

 

Swedish family persecuted for homeschooling

By Ian Slatter

Purcellville, VA—Christer and Annie Johansson, a Christian homeschooling family, are in the unimaginable position of permanently losing custody of their only child, 7-year-old Dominic Johansson, simply because they homeschool.
HSLDA Press Release, hslda.org - December 22, 2009



Court Upholds State-Sponsored “Kidnapping” of Homeschooled Boy

 As most people count their blessings and prepare to enjoy Christmas with family, many others face serious struggles. Among these is the Swedish family of Annie and Christer Johansson whose only child, 7-year-old Dominic Johansson, was “kidnapped” by Swedish authorities in June of this year as the family was on a plane leaving the country for a new life and home in India. Annie Johansson is from India where her entire family lives.

HOME SCHOOLING / INTERNATIONAL, 22 December 2009


Home schooled boy snatched from plane in Sweden. Help reunite this persecuted family!
By Don Hank

Home Education Foundation, hef.org - October 2009

 

Holes in their heads
Maria Andersson's blogg

The outright kidnapping of Domenic, the little boy the newspaper (Världen idag) The World Today has written about here, shows an ugly picture of the legal security afforded Swedish citizens.
Världen idag, varldenidag.se - 2009-09-28

 


What happened next with boy snatched from plane in Sweden?

Mats Tunehags Blog
The 7 year old Domenic were taken from his parents in late June because they wanted to home school him. Dominic is still not reunited with his family; his mother Annie is critically ill (trauma) and his father Christer is going through sleepless nights fighting for justice for his family.
Världen idag, varldenidag.se - 2009-09-22


Sweden - the Next Germany for Homeschoolers?

Home School Legal Defense Association has sent a formal letter of inquiry to the head of a local Swedish social services unit as well as several other Swedish and American government officials inquiring about the case of Annie and Christer Johansson of Gottland, Sweden.

HSLDA Press Release, hslda.org - September 16, 2009


Police 'nab' 7-year-old homeschooler. Officials took child from plane as it was about to take off

By Bob Unruh
A mother and father are going public with details about how Swedish social-services officials had police halt a plane en route to takeoff in order to take custody of their 7-year-old son after they had argued with local school officials about his homeschooling.

"I'm no better than other people. I'm just a normal human being, trying my best to do what I feel is important both in my life and in this world. My family is maybe a little different from the norm, but, when did that become a crime," the father, Christer Johannson, has written on the Swedish website Vaken.
WorldNetDaily, wnd.com, September 09, 2009


Home schooled boy snatched from plane in Sweden

By Don Hank

Christer and Annie Johannson are a Swedish couple from Gotland that attempted last year to home school their son Dominic, a bright and happy 7 year old, just prior to their leaving the country to take up residence in India. They made all the right moves, informing the school of their plans.
LAIGLESFORUM - September 7th, 2009




 

 

 

The Domenic Johansson Case: India's media awake
A collection of articles in Indian media, April 25, 2012 --


Gotlandsfallet: Sjuåringen hämtades med polispådrag från flygplanet
En serie av artiklar i olika media 2009-08-05 --


Friends of Domenic Johansson Blog spot

Daniel Hammarberg's address: State of the Swedish Child Welfare
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The Madhouse: A Critical Look at Swedish Society
By Daniel Hammarberg

 

The Alexander Aminoff Case
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HOME SCHOOLING / INTERNATIONAL, 22 December 2009

The Domenic Johansson Case: India's media awake

The Domenic Johansson Case: India's media awake
A collection of articles in Indian media, April 25, 2012 --

 



 

before and after

A thriving Domenic is shown in a passport photograph, left, just before he was taken into custody by Swedish social-services agents.
The right photo, obtained by the Dominic Johansson website, shows a "not-so-thriving Domenic" some months after he was forcibly placed in the Swedish foster-care system.


 

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After having forced the child protection services in Stavanger, Norway, to release the Indian geo-scientist's,
Anurup Bhattachary, and his wife's, SagarikaBhattachary, two children, Indian media are now focusing their attention on the injustices that their citizen, Annie Johansson, and her family have been suffering at the hands of the Gotland social services and the administrative court system in Sweden, since June 25, 2009.

 



 


Sweden child custody case: Diaspora ministry asked to take action
Kolkata, June 12 (IANS) The Overseas Indian Affairs ministry has been asked to take action for release of an NRI mother's son from custody of Swedish authorities in Gotland, close on the heels of the successful diplomatic efforts that led to the return to India of another NRI couple's children from forced foster care in Norway.
In a communication to the joint secretary of the ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, under-secretary in the home ministry S.R. Meena forwarded the complaint from NGO India's Smile and sought "appropriate action in the matter". A copy of the communication is with IANS.

News Track India, newstrackindia.com - 12 Jun 2012


Government looking into NRI child's Swedish custody

 

Kolkata, June 7 (IANS) After over a month's efforts by a local NGO for the release of an NRI mother's son from the custody of Swedish authorities in Gotland, the Indian external affairs ministry has said it is now looking into the matter, including the legal aspects.

 

The incident came to light after Fam Christer Johansson and his NRI wife Annie Johansson (Nirmal Kumar Bharos) wrote to a city-based NGO India's Smile that their 11-year-old son Domenic has been taken into custody by the child welfare services of the European nation in 2009.
News Track India, newstrackindia.com - June 7, 2012


NRI child in Swedish custody. Indian govt to intervene
Kolkata: After over a month’s efforts by a local NGO for the release of an NRI mother’s son from the custody of Swedish authorities in Gotland, the Indian external affairs ministry has said it is now looking into the matter, including the legal aspects.
The incident came to light after Fam Christer Johansson and his NRI wife Annie Johansson (Nirmal Kumar Bharos) wrote to a city-based NGO India’s Smile that their 11-year-old son Domenic has been taken into custody by the child welfare services of the European nation in 2009.
First Post, firstpost.com -
Jun 7, 2012


MEA gathering information on boy taken in custody in Sweden
Kolkata, June 6 (PTI) The External Affairs Ministry has told Ranjana Kumar, mother of NRI Annie Johansson whose 11-year-old son Domenic has been taken in custody by Social Welfare Board in Sweden in 2009, that the government was gathering information on the matter, including legal aspects. ''Full information regarding the case is being gathered, including legal aspects, so that the Government of India can decide on its future course of action. You will be kept informed of further development,'' Tarika Roy, Director (central Europe) of MEA, said in a communication to Ranjana Kumar at her Ahmednagar residence in Maharashtra. Kumar had written to the MEA on behalf of her daughter requesting for intervention for Domenic's release from the custody of the Social welfare Board in Gotland, Sweden.

IBN Live, ibnlive.in.com - Jun 06,2012



West Bengal governor urged to take up detention of Domenic Johansson
Kolkata, June 2: West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan has been urged to take up the alleged detention of an 11-year-old boy in Sweden, months after the boy’s mother sought Indian’s government’s intervention in the matter.

Kolkata-based NGO “India’s Smile”, which claimed to have brought to light the custody row over the Swedish boy Domenic, similar to the recent NRI couple custody row in Norway, said on Friday it had forwarded to the Governor a copy of a letter from Fam Christer Johansson, father of the boy in Sweden, for his intervention.

The NGO quoted a reply from Raj Bhavan to say that the Special Secretary to the Governor had forwarded the letter to the External Affairs Ministry Secretary a copy of the NGO’s memorandum (dated April 26) for consideration.
Pravasi Today, pravasitoday.com - June 2, 2012


Understanding and Responding to Child Confiscation by Social Service Agencies
By Suranya Aiyar

One of the many disturbing discoveries from the story of the Bhattacharya children (Aishwarya and Abhigyan) who were taken into foster care in Norway is that this was no anomaly. Social services agencies functioning on the same principles as the Norwegian Child Welfare Service (CWS) exist in many parts of Europe, notably Sweden, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Germany, and also in the United States. So Indians living abroad may be certain that the Bhattacharya case is not the last of its kind.
Pravasi Today, pravasitoday.com - May 9th, 2012


Norway and Sweden – Where inhuman rights prevail
By Siv Westerberg

 

For the last 30 years I have devoted a lot of time to helping parents get their children back after the Swedish state has committed the same cruelties to them as the Norwegian state did to the Indian family recently.

Sweden and Norway have similar legislation and similar legal usage concerning family law. In my law-practice in Sweden I therefore follow with interest what happens in that field in Norway also and recognise many issues in Norwegian cases from similar cases in Sweden.

I have brought some of my Swedish cases concerning compulsory taking of children into care to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, (http://www.echr.coe.int/echr).
Pravasi Today, pravasitoday.com - May 7, 2012

 



 

From Sweden, without love

By Christopher C M Warren
Domenic Johansson, Homeschooling, Mother India and the Swedish Gulag

In what is being described by some as the Swedish Government’s biggest blunder in modern times, a little half-Swedish, half-Indian boy called Domenic Johansson is standing in the middle of a political tsunami that threatens to rip apart the myth of the ‘Swedish Utopia’ and expose the Scandinavian régime as one of the worst and most systematic violators of human rights in Western Europe.
Pravasi Today, pravasitoday.com - May 5, 2012


 

Couple in Sweden seek Indian help to get back son from foster care

By Ananya Dutta
KOLKATA. Close on the heels of expatriate couple Sagarika and Anurup Bhattacharya's children — who were in foster care in Norway — being returned to the family following protracted diplomatic efforts, a couple in Sweden are pinning its hopes on the Indian government to get back their son, who is also in foster care in Sweden.

Domenic was taken away from his parents, India-born Annie and Christer Johanson, by the Swedish Social Services in June 2009, when he was seven. The family was in a plane waiting for the flight to India to take off from the airport at Stockholm when policemen entered the aircraft and asked them to de-board.
The Hindu, thehindu.com - May 4, 2012

 



Son held in foster care: Swede seeks Indian citizenship

 

Kolkata. The Swedish father of an 11-year-old boy of Indian origin being held in foster care in Sweden for the last three years has expressed willingness to apply for Indian citizenship.
The boy, Domenic Samuel Johansson, was born of an NRI mother Annie, formerly known as Nirmalkumar Bharos from Pune.
Deccan Herald, deccanherald.com - May 4, 2012 (PTI)

 

 

 


Norway-like child custody row in Sweden

By Rajeev Sarkar
KOLKATA: Close on the heels of the Norway child custody row, a similar case has come to light in
Sweden where an NRI woman has claimed that her son is being held in foster care on charges of neglect and sought help from Indian authorities.
Times of india, timesofindia.indiatimes.com - May 3, 2012

 



Exclusive: ‘Corrupt social workers make up just any story to keep the child’

Exclusive interview to Amit Guin
Another child custody row, this time in Sweden where Domenic Johansson has been held by the Swedish Gotland Municipal Social Welfare Committee. In this exclusive interview to Amit Guin, Domenic’s father Christer Johanssonreveals all that has happened till now
Pravasi Today, pravasitoday.com - May 3, 2012



After Norway, child of Indian-origin parents taken away in Sweden
By Soudhriti Bhabani

After the homecoming of two Norway toddlers Abhigyan and Aishwarya last week, another Indian mother Annie 'Kumar' Johansson is crying out to get her 11-year-old boy back. The child is allegedly being held by the Swedish authorities.
India Today, indiatoday.intoday - May 2, 2012



NRI in Sweden claims son being held in foster care

Press Trust of India

Kolkata: Close on the heels of the Norway child custody row, a similar case has come to light in Sweden where an NRI woman has claimed that her son is being held in foster care on charges of neglect and sought the help from Indian authorities.
Inspired by the recent release of Abhigyan and Aishwarya by a Norwegian civil court and their return to India with their uncle and sole custodian, the NRI mother, Annie Johansson - whose earlier name was Nirmalkumar Bharos - has approached Abhigyan and Aishwarya's parents, Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya, to help her get custody of her 11-year-old son Domenic held in Sweden's foster care.
Ms Johansson's son is being held by the Swedish Gotland Municipal Social Welfare Committee, Kolkata-based NGO India's Smile, which has claimed to have brought to light the custody row over the two NRI children in Norway, told PTI.

NDTV, ndtv.com - May 02, 2012

 


Norway kid row replay in Sweden
By Soudhriti Bhabani
Domenic Johansson looks a shadow of his former self and his mother is in depression. Three years ago, the Swedish authorities took him away from his parents, Annie Kumar Johansson and Christer Johansson, allegedly because he had yellow teeth.
The Daily Mail, dailymail.co.uk - 2 May 2012



Swedish child row: Parents write to PM, President

 

Alpha News, alpha.newsx.com - April 29, 2012

NRI mother separated from her child by Swedish authorities

Alpha News, alpha.newsx.com - April 28, 2012


Post Norway, another custody row in Sweden

PTI
With the custody row with Norway over two Non-Resident Indian children settled, an Indian mother in Sweden has sought the Indian government's intervention for custody of her 11-year-old son allegedly being held by the Swedish authorities.
Rediff News, rediff.com - April 25, 2012

 

 

 

 Norway episode plays out in Sweden too
Kolkata. With the custody row with Norway over two NRI children settled, an Indian mother in Sweden has sought the Centre’s intervention for the custody of her 11-year-old son allegedly being held by the Swedish authorities.
 Deccan Herald, deccanherald.com - April 25, 2012



 

 

The Dominic Johansson Case: Home schooled boy snatched from plane in Sweden
A collection of articles in different media, September 7, 2009 --

 

Gotlandsfallet: Sjuåringen hämtades med polispådrag från flygplanet
En serie av artiklar i olika media 2009-08-05 --


Friends of Domenic Johansson Blog spot

Daniel Hammarberg's address: State of the Swedish Child Welfare
YouTube.com


The Madhouse: A Critical Look at Swedish Society
By Daniel Hammarberg


Indian geoscientist's children confiscated by Norway's "child protection services"
A collection of articles from media sources, 21 December 2011 --

 

The Alexander Aminoff Case
By Sven Hessle


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The Dominic James Case. The Dominic James Memorial Foster Care Reform Act of 2003

Dominic James Memorial Foster Care Reform Act of 2003

 

 

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Dominic James died of ill-treatment on August 21, 2002, while in foster care.

 

Two year old Dominic James was ill-treated to death in a Springfield, Missouri foster home. His foster father was charged and convicted for his death. The little boy was removed from the care of his parents and placed in the foster home between June 18, 2002 and August 21, 2002, where he died of severe ill-treatment.

 

Following the death of little Dominic James, the General Assembly of the state of Missouri has enacted a law to reform foster care making officers or employees of the division of family services who intentionally or through gross negligence violate any stated or written policy of the division, any rule promulgated by the division, or any state law relating to the activities of the division to be personally held civilly and criminally liable for any damages resulting from such violation.

 

In Sweden, on April 24, 1992, 14 year old Daniel Sigström died of a grand mal in his foster home far away from his mother because of lack of care. No officer or employee of the social services in Uppsala nor judges in the administrative courts have been prosecuted or even held responsible for Daniel Sigström's death. His mother, Marianne Sigström, sued the municipality of Gottsunda and she lost. The court in Uppsala decided that she should pay the municipality of Gottsunda's legal fees of 880 000 Swedish Crowns. Marianne Sigström appealed to the Svea Court of Appeal, that also delivered a negative verdict. In that case Marianne Sigström was held liable to reimburse municipality of Gottsunda's legal fees of 550 000 Swedish Crowns. The Supreme Court refused her leave to appeal. The European Court of Human Rights declared Marianne Sigström's complaint inadmissible. And we have yet to see a Daniel Sigström Memorial Foster Care Reform Act.

 

 

 

Dominic James Memorial Foster Care Reform Act of 2003, with penalty provisions

 

 

The Dominic James Case. Two year old boy ill-treated to death in foster home

 

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The Dominic James Case. Two year old boy ill-treated to death in foster home

The Dominic James Case
Two year old boy ill-treated to death in
Springfield, Missouri foster home. He had been in the foster home between June 18, 2002 and August 21, 2002 when he died of severe ill-treatment.

 

A series of articles in the Springfield Newsleader.com
August 21 -
September 8, 2002 and later

 

 

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Dominic James died of ill-treatment on August 21, 2002, while in foster care.

 

 

 

Dominic's father sues Cox system
Hospital was found in compliance with mandatory-reporting laws on abuse and neglect, official notes

By Ryan Slight
Sidney James sued Cox Medical Centers this week, claiming the Springfield hospital system was negligent in his 2-year-old son Dominic's death.

Ellen Jervis, a Kansas City attorney who represents the father, said the petition was filed Monday in Greene County Circuit Court after months of investigation by her firm.

"We've been taking a look at this issue for some time," said Jervis, who also represents James in a related federal civil lawsuit against Division of Family Services employees.

News-Leader Staff. Aug. 11, 2004

 

 

Foster care bill signed into law by Holden
Dominic James Act to overhaul state system.

By James Goodwin
Nearly two years after the death of Springfield toddler Dominic James, Gov. Bob Holden signed into law Tuesday an overhaul of the foster-care system.

The Dominic James Memorial Foster Care Reform Act includes changes already under way and grants new protections to children and guardians accused of harming them.

News-Leader June 30, 2004

 

 

DFS turns over files in Dominic James case
News-Leader wins lawsuit; release of 800 pages sets open-records precedent.

By Laura Bauer
For the first time in Missouri, records regarding a child in DFS custody have been released, setting a precedent for other cases where a child dies or is seriously injured.

After a six-month court battle, the News-Leader has won a lawsuit with the Missouri Division of Family Services, obtaining the complete DFS file on 2-year-old Dominic James. The release of more than 800 pages of records includes DFS files and caseworkers' notes, and some medical records. It also includes the hotline investigation of alleged abuse, which became the green light for the toddler being put back into the home where prosecutors say he was fatally injured by his foster father, John Dilley.

News-Leader. Apr. 15, 2003

 

 

Hotline call made in effort to aid boy
Abuse was suspected at Dominic’s first hospitalization, prosecutor confirms.

By Laura Bauer
Willard rescue workers, who helped Dominic James the first time he was rushed to the hospital, feared the toddler had been abused and called the agency in charge of protecting him.
But the hotline call to the Division of Family Services on Aug. 10 didn’t prevent the child from being returned four days later to the foster care home where prosecutors say he was later fatally injured.

 News-Leader. Sept. 8, 2002

 

 

Pleas to move Dominic unheeded
Questions remain as to why child was allowed to stay in Willard home.
By Laura Bauer
 
Two officials responsible for the welfare of Dominic James — his court-appointed guardian and his juvenile officer — didn’t want the 2-year-old returned to the foster home in Willard where prosecutors say he was later fatally injured, a News-Leader investigation shows
News-Leader. Sept. 1, 1002

 

 

Foster parents keep giving in wake of tragedy
By Laura Bauer

Within days of Dominic James being rushed to the hospital, the phone at Diane Schoeller’s house began ringing.
Other foster care parents were calling, worried and wondering what was going to happen as a family in their small group was under scrutiny. They prayed for Dominic, who had turned 2 in June and had died just two months later of what prosecutors say was abuse inside a foster home.

News-Leader, Sept. 1, 2002

 

 

Charges expected in boy’s death
Probe into Dominic James case will take a few more days, authorities say.
By Laura Bauer

Now that a Greene County toddler has been buried, officials say an arrest and charges in his death will come later this week after more detailed investigation.
Authorities say it’s going to take a few more days, insisting that it isn’t easy getting all the records they need. Dominic James died last Wednesday while in the custody of the Missouri Division of Family Services; his abuse reportedly occurred while living in a foster care home in Willard.

News-Leader, Aug. 27, 2002

 

 

Vigil pays tribute to youth’s spirit
Dominic Raynell James remembered for his energy, enthusiasm
By Ryan Slight

The Rev. LeRoy Gilbert gazed out on

West Kearney Street
, remembering when Dominic Raynell James sat near him by the road, waving at passing trucks.
As dozens of individuals lit candles Sunday evening in the 2-year-old’s memory, the pastor of Integrity Community GeneralBaptistChurch expressed confidence that Dominic now viewed the vehicles from a different perspective.

For the News-Leader, Aug. 26, 2002

 

 

2-year-old dies; shaking suspected
Dominic Raynell James was in custody of family services at time of injuries.
By Laura Bauer

Dominic Raynell James died early Wednesday morning shortly after he was taken off life support, a machine that had kept him alive for nearly two days. He turned 2 on June 4.
Authorities hope today’s autopsy of the GreeneCounty toddler who was living in a foster home will give them more answers on how the child was injured.

News-Leader, Aug 22, 2002

 

 

Abuse by foster parents a rarity
Statewide, less than 1 percent of all hotline investigations of abuse and neglect concern foster parents.
Instances of abuse in foster families are not the norm, state officials said.

News-Leader Staff, Aug. 22, 2002

 

 

Abuse of toddler in foster care alleged
Willard police, state investigating the cause of 2-year-old’s severe head injury.
By Laura Bauer

A 2-year-old boy who has been living in a Willard foster-care home was in critical condition at a Springfield hospital Tuesday night as authorities investigated allegations of child abuse.
Willard police detectives are conducting the probe and have interviewed people close to the toddler, Sgt. Ron Killingsworth said.
As of Tuesday night, no one had been arrested and charges had not been filed.

News-Leader, Aug. 21, 2002

 

 

 

 

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Frustrerande HR-process

Frustrerande hovrättsmål med hemundervisning i botten.

Text: Hans Lindelöw - 2012-12-16


Saxat ur: http://www.eaec-se.org/articles/Midnattsropet/julens_budskap_handlar_om_rattfardighetl.htm

Under tre dagar tog Svea hovrätt upp ett mål där Gotlands socialnämnd begär att vårdnaden om nu 11-årige Domenic ska överföras permanent till särskilt förordnad förmyndare. Gotlands tingsrätt avslog nämndens begäran och menade att föräldrarna Christer och Annie ska behålla vårdnaden om sin son. Domenic omhändertogs under mycket brutala och direkt olagliga omständigheter den 25 juni 2009 då hela familjen var på väg till mamma Annies hemland Indien. Ursprunglig orsak till omhändertagandet var att föräldrarna hemundervisade Domenic.

Hans Lindelöw var med under rättegångens sista dag och ger här sina reflektioner:

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