In the 17 months which remain before the 2015 general election, we’re going to focus our efforts on the assaults of the human rights of fathers, mothers, children and grandparents, through primary legislation and the family courts system. We live in an age when a mother can defy 82 contact orders with no repercussions, as we reported three months ago:
Lord Justice McFarlane described the father as ‘unimpeachable’. Over the past seven years the man has spent over £100,000 on legal costs in an effort to see his daughter, now 14, all to no avail.
We’re planning to host the first national conference on fathers’ rights in November, in London, and we’ll have more to say on that in due course. But of course it’s not just fathers whose rights are assaulted. So too are the rights of children, grandparents, and a small number of mothers. With this in mind, one of our projects over the coming 18 months will be the development of a video library of interviews with fathers, mothers, children and grandparents. We’ve been inspired by a video of a young English lady, Aimee Nicholls, who last year – at the age of 16 – recorded a moving video after leaving her mother to live with her father. She’s not allowed to have contact with her younger sister, Kitty. She recently recorded a Xmas message, and both videos are available through this link:
If you, or anyone you know, might have an interest in being the subject of an interview for our video library, please contact me [email protected] or call me on 07967 026163. If you wish, for legal reasons or otherwise, we can pixellate images and disguise voices so that identities are hidden.
The interviews will be carried out by Ray Barry, our prospective candidate for Wolverhampton South-West at the 2015 general election. He’s the man behind the Equal Parenting Alliance http://equalparentingalliance.com and Real Fathers for Justice http://realfathersforjustice.org. He provides fathers (and occasionally mothers) with hands-on support when they’re seeking to gain access to their children, or custody. Details here http://courtwithoutalawyer.co.uk.