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Friday, October 30, 2009

Öppet brev till Fredrik Reinfeldt

Öppet brev till Fredrik Reinfeldt från Homeschooling in Sweden. [1]

21 October 2009

Dear Mr. Reinfeldt,

I write today to plead with you to consider the continued suffering of 7-year-old Dominic Johansson of Gotland, and respectfully urge you to give immediate attention to resolve this situation and return this child to his home and loving parents without further delay. (dominicjohansson.blogspot.com/).

I have great admiration for Sweden and her people. I was a resident of your great land for 7 happy years, and know something of the intelligence, civility, and fair-mindedness of your society. I observed first-hand the deep respect your citizens show for nature, for all people, and for life itself. I was impressed with the priority and value given to children and family life; which was evident not only in the attitude of the people, but also in the policies of government designed to invest in and protect the family, such as providing maternity and paternity leave, free health care for children, barn bidrag, and so forth. In many ways, Sweden provides a model to the world of a truly enlightened society.

I am therefore deeply shocked and disturbed to learn of the separation of Dominic from his family, and the apparent apathy shown by his local and national government officials to the emotional devastation he continues to receive at the very hands of those who are supposed to protect children from harm.

I believe that it is a mark of an advanced and compassionate society to attempt to protect the defenseless, and certainly there are cases that would warrant temporarily removing a child from a dangerous situation until their safety can be assured.

However, it is a fact well researched and documented that family relationships are "the major source of a child's emotional and physical security" and that "separation can have a devastating social and psychological impact." (quoted from a study commissioned by Unicef). The prolonged separation of a young child from parents with whom they have emotionally bonded is cruel in itself, which is why the right to family unity is included in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The separation of a family should be an option of last resort, and only when the child is in immediate danger.

Why then was young Dominic Johansson suddenly and forcibly separated from his parents in the most alarming manner, assisted by police in uniform? And why has this unnecessarily harsh and traumatic treatment continued month after month without being corrected? After four months, all Gotlands socialtjänsten can come up with to justify their extreme (and from what I understand, illegal) actions against familjen Johansson is a weak and vague claim that "pojken isolerats från kunskapsinlärning" (enligt helagotland. se, "Mejlstorm mot socialtjänsten" ).

Even if that were proven to be true, how could that possibly justify perpetuating the agony and distress of this boy and his parents? If socialtjänsten truly has a concern about Dominic's education, they could easily work to amend the situation through a simple dialogue with his parents, instead of destroying the security and emotional health of an innocent young boy.

I beg you to do all within your power to correct this horrible injustice swiftly , and use all means necessary to assist Dominic Johansson in returning immediately to his own parents, so that he may begin to heal and recover from the impact of the traumatic ordeal he has endured.

With deep respect,


Euro Floridian "The Dominic Johansson Case"

Nättidningen Euro Floridian uppmärksammar fallet Dominic Johansson. [1]

Now four months later the family is still waiting for the final verdict. It is remarkable that a politician, Lena Ceilot, that has been elected to watch over the welfare of children and youth, puts herself above the Swedish School Law and claims that she is going to fight for the boy’s right to go to school when she should have made sure that parents that do want to home school, an alternative that is allowed by the Swedish law, get the proper instructions on how to apply for this option. The fact that uniformed police was used in a law enforcement activity involving a child is against Swedish praxis and inhumane.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Home Educators Association of Virginia

Home Educators Association of Virginia postar HSLDA´s nyhetsbrev på sin blogg. [1]
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

We recently told you about the plight of the Johanssons, a Swedish family whose only child, 7-year-old Dominic Johansson, was seized by Swedish police from a plane just as the family was about to leave the country for a new life in India.

After investigating the facts surrounding the case, HSLDA President J. Michael Smith wrote to Swedish officials to protest this action.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Hjälp Dominic Johansson!

Hjälp Dominic Johansson hem, [1] för att återförenas med sina föräldrar. Det har snart gått fyra månader sedan Dominic kidnappades av svenska myndigheter på Arlanda, påväg till Indien.

Första orsak, familjen nekades i att hemundervisa Dominic i väntan på att flytta. Gotlands kommun ville tvinga Dominic att gå i den kommunala skolan. Reaktioner har eskalerat internationellt. [2] Likaså Rohus [3]Rohus - Riksorganisationen för Hemundervisning i Sverige.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Svenska ambassaden i Washington

The Embassy has recently been contacted by a substantial number of people regarding a social matter in Sweden (Dominic Johansson).
We thoroughly understand that, as it has been presented, this matter has upset many. We appreciate receiving your comments, but we do not have the resources to accept them by telephone.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Christer Johansson kommer att medverka i The Dave Levine Show

SPECIAL GUEST on 10/13 (confirmed): Christer Johansson, homeschooling father of the 7-year old Swedish boy who was abducted by Swedish police from his and his wife's plane and has not been allowed to go home to his parents except for a few 1-hr visits by the parents.

För mer information, besök The Dave Levine Show och här! kommer man att kunna lyssna på programmet live över internet.

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