In this gripping essay, Cristina Nicoli, an Australian of Romanian origin, traces Norway’s notorious child confiscation practices to historical instances of state-sponsored child removal. A grotesque picture emerges of brutal episodes of forced child removal over the last century all over the Western world, and its colonies, from Europe to Latin America to Australia, whether in the name of racial cleansing, or educating, ‘civilising’, integrating, or politically indoctrinating children.
Dr. Kaustav Bhattacharyya presents international “standards-setting” as a tactic by the European Union (EU) for exerting influence around the world. He argues that child welfare measures and best practices are an important tool in the EU’s exercise of “soft” empire. Dr. Bhattacharyya cautions that we in India should not blindly adopt the EU’s universalizing measures in child policy as research is showing that they have resulted in discrimination against immigrants, marginalized communities and ethnic minorities.
Australian lawyer and adoptee rights activist Dr Catherine Lynch discusses the ethics of surrogacy, making a child-centered case for the abolition of all forms of surrogacy.
New Zealand Herald, 16 October 2017: A young couple are fighting a decision to take their two children – one a newborn baby – into state care because of a suspected child abuse injury which they believe is due to brittle bone disease.
A television programme about children taken from their families to be used as farm labour in Switzerland between 1850 to 1980.
Published in Discover Stories on the website australianstogether.org.au.
Reports of social experiments in Denmark on Inuit children taken from their families in Greenland.
A Norwegian woman has requested asylum in Poland, fearing that officials in her home country will take her child away, according to a report.
“Called the “Stolen Generations,” indigenous children and their families were routinely separated from the beginning of colonization in the 1700s. Governments and churches forced assimilation and conversion to Christianity by placing children in training institutes …”
Although the family that adopted Ignacio said they didn’t know that his biological parents were murdered by the regime, many others have been taken to court and are serving sentences for stealing babies away from their real families.
Many of those who were loyal to the junta – some of whom were military – visited prisons, deliberately looking at repressed mothers and choosing their children for themselves.