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.
We, the people of different cultures, nationalities and histories participating in the Conference on the Drafting of the Convention of the Rights of the Family, meeting in Warsaw on 28 February and 1 March 2019, reaffirming the principles and values enshrined in the draft, hereby make the following declaration.
The contemporary world increasingly often undermines the identity and autonomy of family. The Convention on the Rights of the Family prepared by the Ordo Iuris Institute is to address this issue.
The decision by the Norwegian authorities to expel the Consul of the Republic of Poland, Dr. Sławomir Kowalski, has provoked a widespread criticism. First of all, it met with a disapproval by the local Polish community. Its representatives organised a demonstration in front of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in defence of the Polish consul.
The European Parliament adopted its annual resolution on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union in 2017.