Author: Arun Dohle

Open letter to the UN Committees

Amsterdam, 21 September 2023 To (via email): • The Committee on the Rights of the Child; • The Committee on Enforced Disappearances; • The Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-recurrence; • The Special Rapporteur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children including child prostitution, child pornography and… Read more »

Reaction to France Inter’s reporting on so-called lucrative profit-making search business

Yesterdays French reporting on the so-called lucrative profit-making search business calls for some clarification from our side. Against ChildTrafficking (ACT) is a registered non-profit organisation in the Netherlands. Adoptee Rights Council (ARC) is a registered non-profit organisation in India. Therefore we are per definition not for profit. Together ACT and ARC run a professional office… Read more »

Reply from the Ministry of Justice

ACT had decided to support the idea of an independent Expertisecentrum. We still believe that something like this is needed. Therefore we participated in the meetings regarding the design process as far as practically possible as digital attendence was often not allowed. We insisted that organisations which assist adoptees get sufficent funding to assist with… Read more »

I ask myself every day who I actually am

(unpolished google translation) Source: DER SPIEGEL 3/2023  By Fiona Ehlers; January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. Since the 1960s, 60,000 children from countries such as Chile and South Korea have been adopted in Sweden – some have been sold, others even stolen. Now some are asking for clarification. Occasionally, when he is pensive or lonely, Patrik… Read more »

Whistleblower testifies in Krichbaum trial

It was an intense interrogation: a former EU official who describes herself as a whistleblower sat on the witness stand in the Pforzheim district court for four hours. In the appeal process, a 50-year-old defendant from the Enzkreis district is accused of defamation. As the PZ reported, she is said to have described the Pforzheim… Read more »

The adoption lobby, stupid!

Interview with Nigel Cantwell For decades the adoption lobby denied that the Hague Adoption Convention and the Guidelines for Alternative Care were tools of the adoption industrial complex. Both bring in ‘permanency’, which is adoption. This ‘permanency’ was not included in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The US and France had… Read more »

How the EU failed the Ukrainian children

Guest Blog, by Roelie Post From 1999 till 2006 the European Commission supported Romania to reform its child protection. Old-style children’s homes were wrongly labeled ‘orphanages’ by the adoption industry, creating family-type homes, foster care – and finally – stop the export of children for intercountry adoption. After a long international dispute between the EU… Read more »

A chronology of the rise and fall of intercountry adoption from Congo

Today we publish the Congolese NGO Dynamique de lutte contre le trafic humain (DCTH)  about illegal adoption and trafficking of human beings, true crimes in silence. It’s in French. In short, it calls for justice for all, and an end to the silence. And for action at the level of the European Parliament and the… Read more »

Arun was adopted and now fights against adoption: ‘authorities refused to provide information all these years’

Source: translation) There are about 30 million abandoned or orphaned children in India, Indian newspaper The Hindu recently reported . And of these, only about 3,000 are placed with Indian parents every year. Nevertheless, the Netherlands still has an adoption ban. And that’s a good thing, according to activist Arun Dohle of the organization Against Child Trafficking. “There is almost never real voluntary… Read more »