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Celebrating the Fact Finding Visit of 10 MEPs to London on 05/06 November

Association of McKenzie Friends

Oct 20, 2015 — Dear Supporter,

How many children have been taken away and adopted since we travelled to Brussels for 19 March 2014?

How many parents have been punished without having committed a crime?

How many children are deeply unhappy and may have been abused?

It’s all too much over and over again, BUT: there is HOPE!!!

The fact finding visit has been talked about and is now happening!

The discrepancies in law and practice between different European countries have been documented.

“The issue is above the radar”, as Vice-President Mairead McGuinness MEP said.

Ten MEPs will be meeting in Europe House in London, to meet ‘the other side’, after they have received over 20 petitions from the UK.

We are celebrating our various efforts in Theatro Technis, the home of the Cypriot immigrant community. Cyprus is the birth of Europe. The founder of this gem of artistic activity had already written a play about the forced adoption of a little Cypriot girl in the 80s. He recently hosted the play about an abuse survivor called “The Orchard House.”

So he welcomes us to talk about the UK and EU Dimensions of Forced Adoptions.

The event was proposed by a great Cypriot ‘cyber friend’ who wants to ensure not only videoing but also webcasting, i.e. we will have speakers online from Monaco and Sweden, and others as we share the news.

And the political groups in Brussels are still working on getting the topic discussed in the EU Parliament and Council. Before summer only the largest group was behind the issue.

Now we have to re-join forces – at whatever level we can muster.

THANK YOU for sharing our concerns, passions, outrage and information!

If you can join us, please register on or just show up. The theatre holds 120 people.

You'll also see an event at the British Computer Society where 'online grooming' will be discussed on 28 October!

You see, there may be far more people who 'know' than we think!

Here is the text from the leaflet:
The UK and EU Dimensions of ‘Forced Adoptions’
On the Occasion of 10 MEPs on a Fact Finding Visit to London
05 November 2015 – 2.30 – 5pm and 6.30 – 8.30pm
Theatro Technis – 26 Crowndale Road – Kings Cross – London NW1 1TT

“Abolish Adoptions without Parental Consent” was presented in Brussels
on 19 March 2014 with 30 parents hoping to get their children returned.

The online petition has been signed by over 7,000 supporters on three platforms.

After the election of new MEPs, “Systemic Patterns of Child Snatching and Forced Adoptions in the UK” was presented again on 30 November 2014.

As a result, 10 MEPs will come to London for a Fact Finding Visit. Having heard petitioners in Brussels, they now want to hear ‘the other side’, i.e. the institutions who are responsible for taking one child every 20 minutes, as Channel IV publishes on their film about forced adoptions: "15,000 Kids and counting", and BBC: "Thousands of Children forcibly taken into care."

The afternoon event is meant to build campaigning capacity through sharing information, news, links and contacts.

The evening will be a panel discussion, where online life becomes theatre and inspires politics via the internet: web casting and videoing will ensure that we share what we are doing with likeminded activists world-wide.

Panellists: Ian Josephs, publisher of
Ruby Harrold-Claesson, Solicitor, Chair of Nordic Committee for Human Rights
Sabine K McNeill, EU Petitioner and Web Publisher
Belinda McKenzie, Human Rights Activist since 1997
Deborah Mahmoudieh, EU Law Specialist and Video Publisher
Maggie Tuttle, Founder of Children Screaming to be Heard

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