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Parliamentary watchdog committee opts for child asylum hearing. Justice Minister Anders Anundsen will have to account for 2014's round of deportations. A majority of parliament’s Standing Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs' 12 members have voted in favour of an open hearing. Their move is the latest round in the affair that has dogged the Minister since the close of last year.

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Parliamentary watchdog committee opts for child asylum hearing

Published on Tuesday, 13th January, 2015 at 21:28 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Justice Minister Anders Anundsen will have to account for 2014's round of deportations.

Progress' Justice Minister Anundsen
Justice Minister Anders Anundsen (centre), with Labour's Martin Kolberg (right) - one of the members of Parliament's Standing Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs.Progress' Justice Minister Anundsen
Photo: Reynir Johannesson/Progress Party


A majority of parliament’s Standing Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs' 12 members have voted in favour of an open hearing.

Their move is the latest round in the affair that has dogged the Minister since the close of last year.

84 asylum seeker minors who had remained in Norway for over three years were deported. This practice broke pledges by the Rightist bipartite coalition that they would be shielded from this.

Minister Anundsen gave these in his speech at parliament's autumn 2014 opening following the summer recess.

The National Police Directorate (POD) has apologised for not forwarding the new instructions to the Police Immigration Service (PU) and police districts.

Minister Anundsen apologised to parliament for “mistakes”, blaming the POD for “not following up the important policy change that we [the coalition] have made.”

However, Police Immigration Service (PU) officials notified Minister Anundsen of all forced returns of children who could warrant attention.

A new quad-Party deal between the government (Conservatives (H) and Progress (FrP)) and parliamentary supporters the Christian Democrats (KrF) and Liberals (V) was subsequently agreed after the revelations came out.

This occurred just days before a Council of Europe pan-European conference focusing on the best interests of the child.

2014 also saw the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Norwegian media report, Tuesday, that Justice Minister Anundsen will now face an open hearing in parliament about the matter of long-residing asylum seeker minors and governmental practice.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs says that what he informed parliament of in his autumn 2014 speech differs from the facts. Police documentation that the Committee has received shows the practice was not changed.

Furthermore, Justice Ministry officials knew that there was no alteration in the procedure, but did not intervene.

The 12-person Committee comprises of MPs representing seven Parties. These are two Conservatives, two Progress, one Liberal, one Christian Democrat, one Miljøpartiet De Grønne (MDG), one Centre (Sp), and one Socialist Left (SV).



Published on Tuesday, 13th January, 2015 at 21:28 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: asylum, children, refuge, sanctuary, politics.





  
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