The Johansson Case
On December 10, 2012, a Swedish appeals court reversed a lower court ruling in favor of Annie and Christer Johansson and terminated their parental rights in regard to their son Domenic. The initial ruling in their favor was the first the family had received in three years of court battles. HSLDA recently filed an amicus brief to the Swedish Supreme Court in support of the family’s appeal of the verdict to terminate parental rights, but sadly, the appeal was rejected.
However, we understand that some may wish to ask the court to reconsider their decision. The family’s lawyers are also reviewing other legal procedures that may be available to request reconsideration or to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights. That court refused to hear an earlier appeal.
The boy and his parents were on board a jetliner minutes from departing Sweden for Annie’s home country of India when seven-year-old Domenic was seized in June 2009. The reason authorities initially gave for taking Domenic was that he had been homeschooled. During subsequent medical evaluations Domenic was found to have missed some vaccinations and “had cavities” in his teeth. During the first months following his seizure the parents were only permitted to visit Domenic once every two weeks. This quickly became once every five weeks, and then in 2010 all visitations were cut off. The case of the Johanssons demonstrates what can happen when the family is not respected as an integral unit of society.
To all of our members whose dues support our mission to defend the rights of homeschooling families, thank you! If you are not already a member, please consider joining HSLDA to stand with the Johansson family for freedom.
Also, please consider donating to the Homeschool Freedom Fund. Your tax-deductible donation will be used specifically to fund HSLDA’s freedom-advancing cases such as this one.