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.
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.