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Sorina’s drama, how it could happen

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

14 July 2019

Many may know my story. The life of a whistleblower. Read about it here.
The European Commission still continues to try to fully destroy my professional and personal life.
I am still here though. To tell my story, which is the story of Romania’s children. A story I tell with pain in my heart.

In 2004 Romania banned intercountry adoptions, as a condition for EU Accession. The adoption world trembled… would the rest of the ‘sending countries’ follow Romania’s example. Or be forced by the European Union to do the same?

Romania’s ban was a logic result after the EU had spent some 50 million EU-funding on the reform of Romania’s child protection. Most large old-style institutions had been closed and replaced by family-style homes and fostercare. Like the babyhome in the picture.

The European Commission had made clear, with the help of an Independent Panel of EU Experts, that

Romania had agreed to that.

But the United States and some of their allies and front-offices had not. Also the adoption agencies in the EU and the US were afraid to lose their bread and butter: the sale of children for adoption.

While formally the EU said that they did not deal with the subject of intercountry adoptions anymore, since Romania’s EU Membership in 2007, the opposite was true.

Bit by bit they passed the message to Romania that re-opening intercountry adoptions was fine with them. Part of that was described in the blog of Against Child Trafficking.

Romania re-opened slowly, only to Romanians abroad. The first US adoption took place in 2014.

The adoption industry, in order to legalise the sale of children for adoption corrupted children’s rights by creating an alternative interpretation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, being the Hague Adoption Convention.

The tactics used by the adoption industry to keep their business going entails conducting public relations campaigns, buying scientific and other expertise to promote their pro-adoption biased view on children’s rights, funding political parties, hiring lobbyists to influence policy, using front groups and allied NGO’s to align national child rights’ law worldwide with their pro-adoption vision and to prevent the inclusion of adoption into the trafficking definition in order to prevent criminal investigation.

The US also had some allies inside the European Commission and the European Parliament (proof on file).

So the US and the EU, helped by front-offices such as Eurochild, Better Care Network and the (unofficial) European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG) pushed for ‘de-institutionalisation’, without ever using the word adoption. So did Unicef. And Hope & Homes, and Lumos. And, last but not least SERA. And Amici dei Bambini. All with EU-funding or other support.

They work on the basis of the Hague Adoption Convention, not the UNCRC. And thus they don’t consider fostercare or residential care as suitable care.

It can only be temporary. All children must be either return to their biological family, or adopted.

That’s why Sorina could no longer be raised by her fosterfamily, where she had such a good life.

That is not what the world agreed to when they drafted the UNCRC.

No. It is the American view of children’s rights. The right to be adopted. And consumers to be protected.

That is the mechanism we see at work in Romania now, by sending Sorina to the US. Despite fake paperwork. Despite having been raised by a lovely fosterfamily. Despite her mother not agreeing that she goes abroad. Despite having a brother in Romania.

A sad state of affairs.

The below video was made as part of the public awareness campaign of the EU Phare programme in 2003, in an attempt to show the world that Romania can look after its children. And to counter the negative images that the adoptionlobby kept spreading.


Amy’s wil: een film over kinderhandel in Denemarken

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

26 januari 2019

Ik heb deze week even mijn veilige onderduikadres verlaten. Maandag en dindsdag was ik in Kopenhagen voor de première van de film ‘Amy’s Vilje’ (Amy’s wil).

De film gaat over een meisje uit Ethiopië,, geadopteerd in Denemarken. Amy wil dat haar moeder weer haar moeder wordt. Ze wil de adoptie opheffen. Maar dat gaat niet zonder slag en stoot.

ACT heeft haar zaak opgepakt, en haar wil, haar diepste wens, mogelijk gemaakt: terug naar haar land, haar moeder en zus, haar grootvader. Haar taal terug aangeleerd. Haar adoptie in Ethiopië, opgeheven. Ze werd weer het kind van haar moeder.

De filmmakers hebben dit proces vijf jaar gevolgd. De VPRO heeft hieraan meebetaald, dus men mag aannemen dat het ook in Nederland op TV komt.

In maart wordt de film op een internationaal filmfestival in Denemarken gepresenteerd, voor wereldwijde verkoop.
Het is een pakkende film. Weinig toeschouwers hielden de ogen droog.
Er is nu al veel aandacht voor in Denemarken, bijvoorbeeld dit artikel (google translate werkt goed vanuit het Deens).
LINK naar volledig artikel: https://lbr.one/amys-vilje-child-trafficking-til-danmark/

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European Parliament Intergroup on Integrity, Transparency, Corruption and Organised Crime

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

The Dark Side of Adoption
7 November 2018

European Parliament Intergroup on Integrity, Transparency, Corruption and Organised Crime, hosted by MEPs Ana Gomes and Dennis de Jong: Documentary film screening and debate in the presence of European Commission whistle-blower Roelie Post.


Parliamentary Question about the dismissal of whistle-blower Roelie Post

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Source: Parliamentary Question in Dutch

Questions from the member Leijten (SP) to the Minister of Foreign Affairs about the dismissal of whistle-blower Roelie Post at the European Commission (submitted August 1, 2018).

Question 1

What do you think of the fact that whistle-blower Roelie Post has been dismissed by the European Commission on the basis of absence and the “non-loyal” predicate? Can you explain your answer? 1 2

Question 2

How do you judge that someone who mentions a serious misconduct, in this case child trafficking from (future) EU member states, will eventually be dismissed based on being “non-loyal”? Could you explain your answer?

Question 3

Do you realize that, due to the reasons for dismissal, she is not entitled to employment schemes, whereas she worked for 35 years at the European Commission? Could you explain your answer? (more…)

Parliamentary Questions about the whistle-blower letter from Roelie Post

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Source: Parliamentary Questions in Dutch

Questions from the member Omtzigt (CDA) to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister about the whistle-blower letter from Roelie Post. (submitted July 30, 2018)

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Do you remember that in the answers to earlier parliamentary questions about Roelie Post, you answered: “In 2012, the Commission published new Guidelines for Whistleblowing (SEC 2012 679 final2) with the aim of effectively applying its own rules on reporting to improve and reinforce abuses and the protection of reporters/whistle-blowers, in which the European Commission endorses the importance of a clear procedure and protection for whistle-blowers. These Guidelines mention the obligation of members of staff to report serious wrongdoings or concerns. The Guidelines mention various internal and external channels (including the European Ombudsman) for employees who wish to make known suspicions of misconduct and deal with various issues such as protective measures. 1)

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Do you remember that you also replied: “the government has taken note of the broadcast [of Argos about Roelie Post], the government was not familiar with all the aspects that were discussed in the broadcast”? (more…)

Offenes Schreiben an Präsident Juncker: Roelie Post

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Deutsche Bürger haben Präsident Juncker heute eine mail geschickt.

Ihr Schreiben von 2015 ist hier zu finden:  2015

Auch zum empfehlen: Roelie Post, Das Leben eines Whistleblowers

Whistleblowing at European Level? No Protection.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

17 July 2018

Following the Dutch radio broadcasting “Roelie Post, The Life of a Whistle-blower”, parliamentary questions were addressed to the Dutch Parliament by members of the Socialist Party (SP). The English translation of the replies given by the Dutch Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Internal Affairs, on behalf of the Dutch Government, can be found below. Of particular interest is that it brought out something not many people realise: the “normal” European rules do not count for their own staff. (more…)

EUROPEAN COMMISSION SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID OF ‘OWN’ WHISTLEBLOWERS

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Source:  www.sp.nl

15 July 2018

DENNIS DE JONG (Member of the European Parliament) :

Even before the summer recess starts formally in a week, the proposals put forward by the European Commission for the protection of whistle-blowers are still being worked on. It is striking that whistle-blowers must be protected everywhere except in the European institutions themselves. The bill is not about that. It fits into a trend: the Commission, is quick to tell the Member States what they have to do, but themselves remain behind. (more…)

The Adoption Business, wrested from parents, sold as orphans

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

20 June 2018

Originally published in Danish, now translated in German. Hopefully one day in English.

The Adoption Business, wrested from parents, sold as orphans

Dorrit Saietz’ extra-ordinary book that includes much of Against Child Trafficking’s work.

Also, it tells “The Battle on Europe’s Children”, which started when Romania was to stop intercountry adoptions.

Including part of my story, the way I was pushed out of the European Commission.

But remained a European civil servant.

An incredible “lobby” story…

Source: Click Here


The Traffickers – Episode 6 – The Dark Side of Adoption

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

23 May 2018

Somewhere beginning 2016, Arun Dohle of Against Child Trafficking convinced me to work with the excellent team of Nelufar Hedayat and Ruhi Hamid. To help them with their investigation into the trafficking of children for adoption.

The result is impressive.

A MUST WATCH

Now available on Netflix LINK in many, many countries.