MOUNTING CONCERN as more Portuguese parents lose children to British social services

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14 06 07 AlgarveThis is the story written by Natasha Donn and published by the ALGARVE Resident on 07 June 2014:

Following the desperate story of the Pedros – absolved of wrong-doing in the police case that stripped them of their children but still waiting miserably to be reunited as a family – more news has come out of UK to support allegations of a high-level forced adoption ring involving thousands of children.

Público newspaper reports this week of up to five cases where Portuguese immigrants in Britain have had their children taken from them – without charges being pressed or indeed proven. They are reported to be warned that any communication, online or to the press, could mean that they never see their children again.

John Hemming, the Liberal Democrat MP who has been fighting for Justice for Families for years, claims parents are threatened with imprisonment if they speak out – and that this would mean the loss of their parental rights.

McKenzie Friend adviser Ian Josephs also told Público that as opposed to criminal courts where people are considered innocent until proven guilty, the opposite is the case in family courts.

“There, parents are considered guilty until they can prove their innocence” – and that is if their case ever gets to the family court.

In many cases children are removed from their parents and simply not returned even if the parent is not charged.

This appears to be the case in the situation involving at least one of the Portuguese parents in the Público investigation.

The 29-year-old lost her five-month-old daughter after taking her to hospital with a bruise on her head.

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RESTORING PUBLIC CONFIDENCE in Police and Judiciary? Only with the aid of Experienced Investigators!

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14 02 05 EU Anti-CorruptionEnough is enough! People see through the spin, charades and farcical fob-offs.

They are taking their power back:

  • www.ExposedPolice.com publishes News, Corruption and Misconduct
  • www.upsd.co.uk – the unProfessional Standards Department of West Yorkshire Police is a group of experienced investigators who have come together to fight police incompetence, misconduct or criminality that lead to miscarriages of justice.

By way of example, here’s a copy of an email to all MPs:

Commission unveils first EU Anti-Corruption Report

For each of these areas, the Report suggests solutions, based on a careful assessment of each Member State. They include:

  • better accountability and integrity standards;
  • control mechanisms in public authorities;
  • dealing with conflicts of interests by officials;
  • how to address corruption at local level and in state-owned companies
  • the effectiveness of courts and police, and protection mechanisms for whistleblowers;
  • limiting risks of bribery in foreign countries, and making lobbying more transparent;
  • And – developing innovative e-tools to enhance transparency.

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WHY BRITAIN is no longer safe: in ‘link language’ and bullet points

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The Independent has been there:

but also the Guardian:

In my experience of shifting emphasis from organising meetings at Westminster to web publishing, here’s why Britain is no longer safe – in ‘link language’ and bullet points:

  1. Starting with the Sudeley Bankruptcy and its Contemporary Significance: fraudulent bankruptcies, home repossessions and false imprisonments
  2. Punishment without Crime – Bereavement without Death – with over 36,300 visits since April 2012.

THREE POSITIVE Judgements by Sir James Munby and 4,000 Financial Ombudsmen (and -women)

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13 10 25 Jail Social WorkersIt is too soon to sing Hallelujah, but here are two stories in one week that make our hearts sing and our hands applaud Sir James Munby:

  1. Jail social workers who take children without telling parents why, says Britain’s top family judge
    * Sir James Munby attacked workers in Bristol who didn’t explain themselves
    * They did not tell a couple why their two children were being taken from them
    * They breach a court order in doing so – which could carry a jail term in future
  2. MP [John Hemming of course] condemns secret justice
    * Strange that no other paper has reported this yet…
  3. Courts should adapt to the realities of the internet, particularly social media
    * I just wish that this judgement was taken on board by every judge in the country!

On the other end of the spectrum of white collar crimes, I met last night two of the 4,000 Financial Ombudsmen who have been set up by the financial industry as alternatives to court – and they are free of charge! Once you’re in court, they don’t help, it seems. Also, when cases are too big, i.e. worth more than £100,000. Well, they do have to protect themselves, don’t they, these brethren. A seasoned fighter tells me about the ‘conflicts of interest’ of senior board members…

Apparently, they grew exponentially over the last two years AND they get financial institutions to pay compensation! They also uphold far more complaints than they refuse. So give them a chance, I’d say!

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were as many Legal Ombudsmen (and -women) around – free of charge – instead of lawyers riding the Legal Aid train???

HELPLESS and Powerless? Web bullets for courageous hearts and minds

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Length of stay in U.S. foster care

Yes, seeing behind the motivations of bad news and seeing through the intentions of bad institutions makes us feel helpless and powerless. Until somebody comes along and lifts your spirit again and you feel less alone, less ‘ashamed and impotent’ as commentator obesiverights.

My ‘position statement’ this morning:

the financial critique is rolling as the cause of all evil: 

victims as the sad effects are coming together:

  • when victims become fighters as Litigants in Person (LiPs), Help for LiPs is growing, too;

child snatching as the most heinous of white collar crimes:

survivors of sexual abuse are coming out:

  • at least some victims turned survivors come out thanks to Twitter, Facebook and blogs

#paedobritain gets to the hearts, minds and souls of people:

And this heart wrenching true story:

Cry for Britain’s stolen children
Posted: 20 Apr 2013 04:09 AM PDT

Dear Tap,

I cannot put into words the despair that I feel in reading the letter from this young girl and looking at the pictures of all the stolen children in the picture gallery.

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FAIR and JUST? On the Rule of Law and the Quality of its Enforcement

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The law is only as good
Victims Unite has brought a few starfighters together who have studied the law, helped as McKenzie Friends and challenged antiquated rules such as the ban on recording court proceedings.

Here is the online petition Abolish the Ban on Recording Court Proceedings and here is a first collection of comments by signers.

Here are a few conclusions by victims who stand up for themselves:

UK Police Personnel should have Criminal Records Bureau Checks – an online petition that publishes a list of charged or convicted Prison, Police and Court Personnel (ca 1274)

The Law is only as good as the integrity of those entrusted to administrate it. — Maurice Kirk

A law breaker cannot also be a law enforcer. — Caul Grant

‘The Law’ in Britain (The Police & the Courts), deliberately deny me the protection of the law, & deliberately block me from seeking a remedy in the courts for crimes & other wrongs committed against me. That being so, & it IS fact, then that same ‘Law’ CANNOT be used to punish me. Indeed, both Police & Courts have themselves committed serious crimes against me, & do so with impunity.

Or in short:

  • LAW ONE is to Protect the Powerful.
  • LAW TWO is to Oppress those who are Not.
  • LAW THREE is to destroy anyone who dares to protest. — Norman Scarth

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CHANGING the SYSTEM means changing the culture, ethics, attitudes, dishonesty, privilege and tribalism of Britain

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13 01 13 John WardThis morning I am still somewhat recovering from yesterday’s meeting. Before turning its outcomes into activity, I just copy what John Ward, publisher of the very popular The Slog wrote:

I was in a House of Commons committee room for much of yesterday, and you’ll all be relieved to know that there is no longer any water for sessions there. Given yesterday’s news (not really news, just the first time it’s been admitted) that our banks are nowhere near the target of refilled balance sheets, I suppose the Commons water was bound to go in the end.

But was there any other evidence to hand in the Palace of Westminster that our doom is at hand? Not really: I met and spoke with two MPs – diligent and concerned, don’t doubt it – but neither of them seemed that aware of how dysfunctionally unpopular the political class is across Europe.

More remarkable were the ordinary people in the room grappling with serious legal, constitutional, police and power-abuse issues. Mums imprisoned spitefully, armed police raiding family homes, people being declared in need of mental assessment for arguing with social workers, businesses being fraudulently declared insolvent, judges exceeding their powers while ignoring evidence. And volunteer intermediaries dedicated to helping those stuck in a Kafkaesque world in which the law says one thing but the authorities do another.

“It’s the system,” people kept saying, “We must change the system”. I don’t agree, I’m afraid. You have to change the culture, ethics, attitudes, dishonesty, privilege, and inflexibly dated tribalism of Britain. Just making the system tougher without doing that will simply mean more new laws – and more cynical new ways of getting round them.

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