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.
The European Parliament has adopted another radical resolution which includes gender ideology, accusations of alleged regressive treatment of women's rights and a condemnation of the US ban on the public funding of pro-abortion organisations, in addition to calling upon the EU to urgently ratify the Istanbul Convention.
In an age where fundamental values are being undermined, international cooperation to protect them is of extreme importance. A delegation of the Ordo Iuris Institute met in Budapest with the Hungarian legal think tank Center for Fundamental Rights. The two organisations signed a joint Declaration and Accord on Cooperation.
The European Court of Human Rights found the Norwegian child protection services to have violated parental rights in another in a series of rulings on the subject issued in the past several months. The right to respect for family life was once again infringed upon by the Barnevernet. One of the cases involved a Polish woman whose son was taken away. The Pole was allowed only two visits per year, before being completely prohibited from seeing him despite positive opinions by doctors, psychologists, and kindergarten authorities.
The United Nations forum will witness yet another attempt by radicals to try to push concepts such as sexual and reproductive rights, sex education and abortion into the international discourse.