Tuesday 1 April 2014 , Brussels, rue Wiertz 60 , room PHS 0A50
For seven years, the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament has been showered with a multitude of petitions, all dealing with a common subject:
Violations of Human Rights violations by the German Jugendamt
A delegation of the Parliament has undertaken two visits to Berlin in this matter. The affair has been discussed on several occasions in the Committee on Petitions and in plenary. Although the German Federal Government has repeatedly assured that everything was in perfect order, the reality is different. The Committee on Petitions keeps receiving letters written by desperate parents who habe been separated from their children for no valid reason. This is not really a surprise, as, according to the Federal Office of Statistics, 40,000 children are being taken into custody every year – more than 110 per day! About 60% of them will never return to their families. But experts have long known that up to 2 /3 of the so-called emergencies are pure imagination of the Jugendamt – according to report of the Ruhr-Nachrichten on the city of Dortmund.
In spite of all this the federal government claims that the agents of the Jugendamt work strictly according to law. One has to know that the Jugendamt must always be heard by the family court if a child is concerned by a legal affair. However, the agents of the Jugendamt may lie to the family courts at leisure. They are neither bound by the procedural duty of truth nor can they be punished for false statements unless issued under oath. Letters from the German Bundestag and various ministries prove that this problem is known by them, but that there is no intention to change anything about it. Instead, the federal authorities hide behind the statement that youth services are a matter of local self-government, with which they are not allowed to interfere. Nice try, but wrong again! The rules that allow the agents of the Jugendamt to lie in court, are federal legislation!
The European Parliament and the United Nations’ Human Rights Council have each asked Germany twice to stop this inhumane practice. In vain.
The Committee on Petitions intended to discuss the issue again in order to help many desperate parents to recover their rights. For many of them it was the last hope as the German judiciary is not supposed to question the work of the Jugendamt – as states a brochure of the Land of Thuringia. Whoever appeals to the courts anyway will either be denied legal standing or the access to his Jugendamt file, or even be sentenced to pay six-figure sums, ruining him definitely and forever. According to its own statistics, the Federal Constitutional Court, which is supposed to gurantuee the observance of fundamental rights, denies to receive 97.5 % of all constitutional complaints for decision. The victims are denied any help.
All this is in contradiction to the grandiose promises of the German government.
But once again, Germany has evaded the discussion of this controversial topic and blocked the scheduled debate. For this reason, a press conference will be held on Tuesday April 1st at 3 PM at the European Parliament in Brussels , Rue Wiertz 60, room PHS 0A50 to inform the public about these alarming facts.
EU-politischer Sprecher für Trennungsväter e.V. und Gleichmass e.V.