“It’s a mystery why judges and social workers think they have the legal authority to act in such an inhuman way” is the subtitle of Christopher Booker‘s latest article The mothers jailed after waiving to their children in the street.
He describes regularly different degrees of cruelty and madness as attempts to cover up illegality with a mantle of legitimisation. As I said in Brussels, you can’t imagine that this is happening in a Western country. Hence you can’t believe it, until it happens to you. Just as in First they came…
Here, the contact between the Lithuanian grandfather and grandson is mentioned. For one of the routine violations of Article 8 (the right to family life) is to insist that families don’t speak in their native language.
Is it possible that foreigners have more guts to stand up for their rights? Very difficult after you get deported and McKenzie Friends are ‘joined to the case for the purpose of costs’…
Also very difficult when your authorities are not as brave and successful as Slovakia who were ready to take the UK before the Human Rights Court of Strasbourg if the two Boor boys were not returned.
The Portuguese authorities are also dragging their feet, unfortunately, as English journalist Natasha Donn writing for the Algarve Resident pointed out.