Six Inuit, children separated from their families 70 years ago, claim compensation from Copenhagen

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They were the ones who were supposed to become her vocal elite Greenland: in 1951, 22 children Inuit separated from their families and sent to Denmark, the then colonial power. Six are still living and are now seeking compensation from her government Copenhagen who last year apologized for the fate that awaited them.

“They lost their family, their language, their culture and their sense of belonging to a community,” he told the newspaper. Politics their lawyer, Mants Praming. “This is a violation of their right to private and family authority, based on Article 8 thereof European Convention on Human Rights“, He added.

In their letter to the Prime Minister Mete Fredericksen, the six, who are 70-80 years old, are seeking compensation of 250,000 kroner (33,600 euros) each.

THE Praming gave the prime minister two weeks to respond to their request, warning that he would then go to court. “We are ready to go to court if the state does not pay,” he assured.

In 1951, 22 children from Greenland, which until 1953 was a Danish colony and then gradually gained its autonomy, were selected to relocate to metropolitan Denmark. They were promised a better life, that they would learn Danish and return to Greenland to become the future elite of the island, under an agreement between Copenhagen and Nuuk, the Greenland capital.

In Denmark, the children were deprived of any contact with their relatives. When they returned to Greenland, did not return home but were taken to an orphanage, although they were not orphans. Many have never seen their families before.

In December, the prime minister formally apologized. “We can not change what happened. “But we can take our responsibilities and apologize to those we should have taken care of but did not,” she said. Fredericksen then.

The minister Social Affairs argued that the apology did not necessarily constitute a commitment to compensation. “The government and I believe that acknowledging the mistakes of the past is the key. “It is important that we learn from these mistakes so that history does not repeat itself.” Astrid Krag in Politics.

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