Czech ministries aim to be party to proceedings in Michaláková appeal

03-02-2016

The Czech ministries for foreign affairs and labour and social affairs will aim to be a party to proceedings in a court case in Norway involving children taken from their Czech mother by the country’s child welfare service. Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek told reporters he would present the plan to the government on Wednesday. Eva Michaláková’s two sons (born in 2005 and 2008) were taken away from her in 2011 on the suspicion of abuse and neglect. Details of the case were never made public to protect the children. But last autumn, the Norwegian authorities stripped Michaláková of her parental rights and put the younger boy up for adoption. Foreign Minister Zaorálek explained the Czech Republic would make use of Norwegian legislation allowing public entities to enter court proceedings. A Norwegian court is to deal with the mother's appeal in February.