During June of this year, Swedish officials boarded a plane bound for India and removed Dominic Johansson from his parents' custody without a warrant or reasonable cause to believe that he was being harmed. Their reasoning? Dominic was being home schooled, which is permitted by Swedish law, and his parents had also legally opted out of giving him standard vaccinations.
On December 17, after being kept in state custody for several months with minimal visitation from his parents, a Swedish court UPHELD this decision and reduced the parents' visitation hours to a one-hour visit every five weeks.
It is an outrage that a "free" country would rip apart this family simply because they do not conform with the government's mold. This egregious human rights violation needs to be rectified IMMEDIATELY. The social workers who made this decision ought to be dismissed and Dominic restored to his parents with an official apology.
More information on this case is available at: http://www.hslda.org/hs/international/Sweden/200912220.
Sweden officials have cited provisions in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as part of their reasoning why they believe they have the power to remove a child from a loving and nurturing home simply because the parents have chosen to homeschool, even while at the same time homeschooling is legal in Sweden! Homeschooling is legal in other countries, as well, including the United States. However, it is evident that a legal activity can easily be construed as illegal if certain people in positions of power choose to do so.
Please be bold. Step out in faith. Share Domenic's story, as well as a direct link to his Facebook group. We need to increase public awareness before it is too late for yet another loving and nurturing family.