Norwegian authorities take final step to take children from Czech mother
Norwegian authorities have ruled that Czech national Eva Michaláková will lose parental rights to her two children: the authorities said that her six-year-old son can be adopted by his foster parents and ruled that she would also lose the right to see her older son, who is now ten. Norway’s Child Welfare Services, the Barnevernet, took the boys away from their biological parents four years ago on the suspicion they had suffered sexual abuse and neglect. However, details were never revealed to protect them.
In the Czech Republic, the news on Tuesday caused nothing less than a political uproar: the Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaorálek, who called the ruling “outrageous”, wasted no time in summoning Norway’s Ambassador to Prague Siri Ellen Sletner. Others, such as Christian Democrat Euro MP Tomáš Zdechovský went so far as to call for the ambassador’s expulsion. The head-of-state Miloš Zeman latched on to the suggestion, calling it a “good idea”. Radio Prague spoke to MEP Petr Mach of the Free Citizens’ Party, who in the past was also involved in the case and had traveled to Norway to meet with authorities, after the news broke.
“Unfortunately, this decision is in line with others which preceded it by the Child Welfare services in Norway. I am very upset by the development. The fact is that we were promised and repeatedly told by the Norwegian ambassador to Prague that this adoption would not happen.”
“I understand that the mother is doing everything to get her children back. Definitely she will appeal and if she loses the case in Norway yet again, she will likely take the case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.”
He added that the government needed to step in and take action to try and have the case transferred to the Czech Republic where the Michalák boys have extended family.