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Human Rights Court concludes: Norway has violated Human Rights in a Child welfare case

Amazing news! This could be a breakthrough for many children and their families living in Norway. It’s certainly a breakthrough for one family.

This morning, it was reported in Norwegian media that the European Human Rights Court concludes that Norway has violated the human rights in a child welfare case. The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled the ruling today!

Human Rights proponent and legal expert Marius Reikeras comments on Facebook:

Today, Norway has been found guilty in violating Article 8 of the Convention, and the European Court of Human Rights states:

„104. In conclusion, although the Court accepts that the decisions of the national authorities were made in what they considered to be the best interests of the child and bears in mind that perceptions as to the appropriateness of intervention by public authorities in the care of children vary from one Contracting State to another (see paragraph 95 above), the Court holds that in the instant case, the potential negative long-term consequences of losing contact with her mother for A and the positive duty to take measures to facilitate family reunification as soon as reasonably feasible were not sufficiently weighed in the balancing exercise.

105. In the light of the above, the Court concludes that there has been a violation of Article 8 of the Convention.“




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