Friday, July 17, 2009

Denmark may confiscate passports to prevent children's brainwashing abroad

Copenhagen Post
Parliament ready to tackle Muslim re-education abroad
Friday, 17 July 2009 11:53 RC News
Parliament will soon decide whether or not to revoke the passports of Muslim children travelling abroad for 're-education' purposes
Taking away a young person’s passport will prevent the practice of them being sent back to their parents’ native countries for schooling in religious and cultural matters

Muslim children sent by family members to the parents’ native countries for the purpose of ‘re-education’ may soon face having their passports confiscated, according to Berlingske Tidende newspaper.

A majority in parliament – represented by all government opposition parties and the usual government ally Danish People’s Party – reportedly supports the idea of revoking passports for those would-be travellers suspected of being returned for re-education in an effort to curb the phenomenon.

The practice of sending children back to their parents’ homeland for long periods, often with their mothers, is common among the more conservative Muslim populations in Europe. It is supposedly aimed at instilling proper values and respect into the young people, but often results in them developing more fundamentalist and anti-Western attitudes.
According to the Foreign Ministry, 14 cases of re-education have been documented so far this year, but experts believe the true figure is far greater.

The proposal to take away passports in these instances was put forth by the Social Liberals, who believe the move is not punishment but protection for the young people.

Government parties the Liberals and Conservatives say that while the idea seems reasonable on paper, it would be too difficult to carry out in reality.

But Henrik Dam Kristensen, the opposition Social Democrats’ integration spokesman, said the move would prevent not only re-education but also forced marriages.

‘I think it’s strange for these people to have chosen to come to Denmark and then, when their child becomes too Danish, they send them back to be re-educated in the parents’ culture, religion and traditions.’

1 comment:

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