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Monday, June 20, 2005

Nordic Committee for Human Rights Today

I found The Nordic Committee for Human Rights today. They stand for The Protection of Family Rights in the Nordic countries. Got to wonder why, don't a number of the Nordic countries have idyllic havens for their citizens? Apparently wonderful socialist paradises to live and work and raise children. Don't they have anti-smacking laws too? Why on earth would they need a committee for the protection of family rights? Well might you ask. From their About page one of their stated purposes is to:
To create public opinion in order to bring about changes in the present policies whereby residents in the Nordic countries suffer unnecessary interference in their private and family life.
In Sweden the anti-smacking law is having serious consequences:

Smack of the Nanny State
Mrs Harrold-Claesson has defended parents fined and imprisoned under that law, and acted for children denied contact with their families after being fostered.

For her the legislation is nothing short of a "national disaster" that has had devastating consequences for family life.

Mrs Harrold-Claesson, chair of the Nordic Committee of Human Rights, said:

"It has ruined families and ruined children.

"The children in Sweden are incredibly badly behaved. They have no discipline at home and no discipline in schools. I have seen a child kick his father repeatedly and all that man could say was 'you shouldn't do that'.

"I've dealt with cases where parents are so frightened of imposing any form of discipline that they have given up all responsibility; they say 'I can't stop my child running around at night, so if something happens to them it's not my fault'.

"As far as I'm concerned parents are adults, and adults decide what is a reasonable level of discipline.

"By taking away their ability to do that, you breed a new generation of wild, ill-disciplined Vikings - and that is what we have here.

"We in the Nordic Committee of Human Rights are completely against child abuse. We say this law is unnecessary because there has always been a law to punish child abuse - assault and battery. This law saying a parent should not smack their child goes beyond all rhyme and reason."

Her account is supported by Robert Larzelere, associate professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska Medical Centre, who has studied the effectiveness of Sweden's smacking ban.

According to his analysis, the rate of child abuse has actually increased since the ban came into force.

"I don't see any evidence that the smacking ban has led to a reduction in child abuse or violence by a minor against a minor, which was the rationale behind it.

"I see people trying to make that claim, but I have not seen any results that show the ban has led to an improvement for kids. In fact, I see the opposite," he said.

Prof Larzelere said the ban was part of a trend in the Western world toward taking authority away from parents, who were increasingly treated as 'guilty until proven innocent'.
News Talk ZB interview June 15, 2005 with Ruby Harrold-Claesson

Posted by Lucia Maria | 6/20/2005 12:15:00 AM

3 Comments:

Blogger Theprophet said...

Great post Lucyna. Lets see the over theres spin on this one.

Interestingly on a recent trip overseas I met up with several people from Norway,Sweden and Denmark, they all to a person complained about the conditions in their respective countries. Two of them were teachers. The main problems as far as they were concerned was the amount of immigration that had been allowed to Muslim people. How these people compartmentalise themselves once they get to their new homeland and make no attempt to conform to the norms of the land. Prison populations in Norway are (according to the teacher) 35% muslim now and growing quickly. The percentage of Muslims using the welfare system was far greater than the Maori % here(relative to total population). All in all it sounded like the great Utopia was coming to a crashing ,burning halt.

Allah protect us.

Allah protect us.

6/20/2005 09:55:00 AM  
Blogger GaryH said...

Allah -

I think that this will become a trend throughout the People's Republic of Europe as time goes on. I think they've painted themselves into a corner and they don't have the cultural fortitude to change their thinking to be able to protect themselves.

In short, they have lost their self-respect.

6/20/2005 05:52:00 PM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

Another great link from the site : The Folly of Sweden's State Controlled Families

7/04/2005 12:08:00 AM  

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