The Office for Foreigners has officially announced that Poland has granted asylum to Silje Garmo and her daughter. This resolution confirms the December decision in the matter made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ordo Iuris lawyers represented the Norwegian before the Polish authorities. Thousands of Poles signed petitions to protect her by granting asylum.
Silje Garmo has fled Norway with her daughter because she was threatened with unjustified removal of the child by the Barnevernet office. In January last year, the Office for Foreigners concluded that the granting of asylum to the Norwegian and her daughter was justified on the grounds that family life was at risk. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs arrived at a different conclusion, stating that granting asylum protection "is not in the interest of the Republic of Poland". The Ordo Iuris Institute then submitted an application to the Ministry to reconsider the case.
In December, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that they accepted to grant asylum for Silje and Eira Garmo . In order to protect them, only a formal approval by the Office for Foreigners was required. The Office confirmed the decision, taking full account of the request of the Norwegian's attorney, Jerzy Kwaśniewski, President of Ordo Iuris.
"The decision to grant asylum to Silje Garmo and her daughter is in line with the international criticism of Barnevernet and constitutes an excellent punchline for the case of the Polish consul in Norway. We are glad that after a year and a half Silje and Eira can feel safe in our homeland," stated Jerzy Kwaśniewski.
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Norway is notorious for human rights infringements, in particular when it comes to family and children's rights. This has been proved by the case of Silje Garmo, a Norwegian woman who was granted asylum in Poland after she escaped unjustified intrusion into her family life by the Child Welfare Services – Barnevernet.
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