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. A letter was also submitted in which the Ordo Iuris Institute and the Solidarity Trade Union in Norway demand procedural changes that would be beneficial for Polish families in Norway.
Dr. Sławomir Kowalski is renowned for helping many Polish families against oppressive actions by the Barnevernet office. In 2016 he was awarded the title of "Consul of the Year" by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry indicated that the award is "a tribute to all those who fight for Polish children and the dignity of the Polish family abroad".
Nevertheless, early this year, the Norwegian authorities decided to expel Dr. Kowalski. After Oslo recognised him as a persona non grata, the Polish side informed about taking similar steps towards the Norwegian consul in Warsaw. A film was also published on the Internet showing how the Norwegian police violate international consular law, preventing Sławomir Kowalski from meeting a Polish citizen. The petition in defence of the consul, made available at maszwplyw.pl, has so far been signed by over 30 thousand people.
In front of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Warsaw a demonstration took place to protest against the dismissal of the consul. The event was organised by the Polish community in Norway. A letter was submitted to the Embassy, whose authors demanded that "procedural guarantees beneficial for parents and their children" be introduced in Norway.
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 European Parliament adopted its annual resolution on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union in 2017.
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.