Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Karina Hansen - URGENT Please sign this letter to the Danish PM

URGENT:  Michael Evison has written this letter to the Danish Prime Minister pleading for the release of Karina Hanson back into the care of her parents.

There is a court case coming up soon, and it is possible that with multiple signatures from around the world, that we could influence the outcome for Karina.

Please add your real name and country to the comments below this post, so that Michael can easily compile the signatories to send to the Danish Prime Minister.

Deadline for signatures: Midnight on Thursday 29th October (GMT)

If you are in the UK, please also state whether you are in England, Scotland, Wales or N.Ireland.

__________________

Dear Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen,

We the undersigned wish to appeal to you, the leader of the new Liberal Venstre Government of Denmark, to rectify a grave error of judgement that was made by the previous Social Democrat Government in 2012.

I refer to the inhumane forced removal of Karina Hansen from her home and her family. Karina, like many of us, is a severe ME sufferer, in Denmark.

She was diagnosed with ME in 2010. ME was recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a neurological disease in 1969. Since that time, Karina has had her ME diagnosis stripped away, by the Danish psychiatrist Per Fink, who later refused an offer by the world renowned ME expert, Dr Nigel Speight, to fly to Denmark and perform a second opinion test for ME on Karina.

Per Fink has now been treating Karina with psychiatric treatment for two and half years, with no apparent success. In fact a statement from the Hammell center, said that Karina now has brain damage, which she did not have at the time of her removal from home in 2012.

There is mounting research around the world, to suggesting that psychiatric exercise treatment given to Severe ME patients, harms them irrevocably, perhaps to the point where they cannot recover.

One of the symptoms of Severe ME is inflammation of the spinal cord and brain. So it hardly a surprise that brain damage can be an outcome.

The Hippocratic oath that all good doctors take, says "Do no harm". It would seem that this has not been observed.

In 2011, the Norwegian Director of Health apologised to the Norwegian ME patients, for not believing that they were seriously ill and for their previous irresponsible treatment at the hands of the Norwegian health service. This was repeated by the current Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in 2015.

Denmark is currently not well regarded, for ME treatment in Europe and probably the modern world, mainly due to the situation surrounding Karina Hansen. Thousands of ME sufferers around the world are following Karina's situation with great concern. For the second year running, they will be sending birthday cards to Karina and cards to her parents. In the hope that she will receive them and realise that so many people care about her.   

The new Danish Liberal Venstre Government, now stand at a crossroads in this situation. They can either continue the treatment of Karina, initiated by the previous Social democrat Government, or they can apologise for what has happened to Karina, as Norway and take measures to rectify the horrendous situation that Karina and her family now find themselves in.

Karina should be released from the psychiatric treatment regime that was initiated by the previous Social Democrat Government and moved (with agreement from her family) to a suitable non psychiatric care home, near to her home and family, where they can visit her whenever Karina is well enough to accept visitors, as is the case with normal hospital patients, until she is well enough to return home to her parents care.

The state guardian should be removed and her parents should be reinstated with their parental responsibilities for their daughter. Karina is still only a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. We appeal to you to please give her reason to hope for a better future.


___________________

Please feel free to share this post widely to gather as many signatories here as possible. (Gathering names from around Facebook and Twitter is time-consuming, so please direct people here to add their names.)

There is also an ongoing event on FaceBook to send cards to Karina for her birthday. It can be viewed here: Cards2karina: Hostage of Denmark - 33 months & 3 birthdays deprived of freedom

Thank you.

Notes:
 If you have several names to add, they can all be listed in a single reply.

You may need to select "anonymous" in the menu on the comments box (if you have no Google ID) - also make sure you hit "Publish" in order to comment.

It seems Blogger is not allowing further comments on this blog post, please follow the link and leave your name here: 2nd page for signatures for Karina Hanson Letter

Edit: Concerned about some direct statements in the original letter, I softened the impact of some statements and Michael has now seen these. No further edits planned.  The essence of the letter remains the same.

361 comments:

  1. Sally Burch - Northern Ireland, UK

    ReplyDelete
  2. Brett Martyn, Australia

    ReplyDelete
  3. It is grossly inhumane and fundamentally in breach of Karina's human rights to continue to deny her family access to see her. There is no reason, morally or legally, why her family should continue to be denied access. In addition it is best medical practice to allow a second opinion from an expert in the field of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis to see Karina and assess and test her.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Janet Smart Wales the right to family life, a basic human right

    ReplyDelete
  5. Joanne Byrne Dublin Ireland. This is horrific what is happening to this girl and her family.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Vicki McCoy - Auckland, New Zealand

    ReplyDelete
  7. Margaret Crealy , Dublin Ireland

    ReplyDelete
  8. Sophie Sleep Devon U.K. let Karina go home to her loving family.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Roger Sleep All From Devon UK
      Hayley Sleep
      Lewis Sleep
      Arron Sleep
      Chloe Sleep
      Felix Brown
      Syliva Brown
      Natalie Brown

      Delete
  9. Sam Crowther - Scotland - UK. End this abuse and set Karina free!

    ReplyDelete
  10. End this draconian inappropriate 'treatment' of Karina and release her back to her parents.
    Jane Giakoumakis
    Scotland

    ReplyDelete
  11. Dawn Shimmield, Rowan Shimmield, Blair Shimmield - Dubai UAE
    Richard & Sheila Hudson - England - UK
    This is abuse of the human rights of a very physically sick young woman. She will continue to deteriorate and may even die is she does not get the appropriate care. She needs to be back in the loving arms of her parents with a caring physician who knows about this devastating illness.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Please please release Karina from her incarceration back to the people who desperately want to nurture her back to health, namely her parents.

    Your actions to date are being watched by the world and you will be judged and brought to account for your behaviour towards Karina who is vulnerable and needs the love and care that cannot be provided by the state.

    By whose authorisation do you persist in keeping Karina a prisoner even though she hasn't committed any crime other than to have been diagnosed with. ME/CFS?

    Shame on the country of DENMARK!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Susan please add your country

      Delete
    2. This comment has been removed by the author.

      Delete
  13. Jan O'Malley - Arisaig, Scotland. Denmark should realise that this is a huge stain on it's reputation.To hold a very sick young woman prisoner to support the clearly unfounded theories of a psychiatrist when they won't even allow a second opinion from an expert in M.E. At least let her parents visit her!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Please send Karina home to her family. Your country's treatment of her so far is shameful.
    Margaret O'Rathaille, Waterford, Ireland

    ReplyDelete
  15. Elaine Burch - Northern Ireland - UK

    ReplyDelete
  16. Cusp Cuspschen, England UK

    ReplyDelete
  17. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Jonna Svensson & James Perry, Sweden
    With permission from my family their names will go on the list:

    Jörgen Svensson
    Ann Johansson
    Bengt Johansson
    Andrea Svensson
    Robert Lanzky
    Sweden

    Carolina Svensson
    Christian Saday Jessen
    Norway

    ReplyDelete
  19. Tim Burch, Northern Ireland, UK

    ReplyDelete
  20. Please, please let Karina's parents look after her. You don't understand how ME works and you are probably killing her slowly. She needs rest physically and emotionally. Please allow her to have those things at home. Your country is doing nothing to help the cause of ME being a physical illness as the World Health a organisation States. Dorothy Radley, Liverpool UK

    ReplyDelete
  21. From Elizabeth Mac Carthy, Clonakilty, Co Cork Ireland
    Please release Karina to her family, this is not the treatment she needs. It is inhumane to keep her from her family. I am sure that Fink knows that M.E. Is a serious illness that has the backing of the WHO. He is guilty of imprisonment.

    ReplyDelete
  22. The ME World and others are watching and see that you Denmark have taken very draconian measures in incarcerating a young woman, who was diagnosed with ME. You have denied her access to her family and to appropriate treatment, and in doing so will most likely push her to a very premature death. It is hugely important and urgent that Karina Hansen is released immediately from the psychiatric facility in which she is being held and given a chance to recover under the care of those who would know how to take care of her, ie ME specialists and family. How can a family be denied access to a daughter? How can Denmark allow someone to be held in such a deplorable unjust state? What has this young woman done to be punished in such a way? I dread to think what will happen to Karina if she does not get more appropriate care soon. Please please please call for her immediate release and save her life!

    Moira Dillon, Dublin, Ireland.

    ReplyDelete
  23. I had severe ME for a year and moderate ME for 7 years. I cannot imagine the Hell On Earth this young girl has been plunged into; without the support of my family I simply would not be here. Save her! In the name of compassion and humanity. Please.

    ReplyDelete
  24. With permission from my family I add their names to the list.
    They are: -

    Marion Dillon
    Rose Dillon
    Una Dillon
    Aisling Kelly
    Aaron Kelly

    Dublin Ireland

    ReplyDelete
  25. Jacqueline Wilson - Australia

    I would expect this in Nazi Germany - NOT from so-called civilized Denmark!! I am disgusted this is allowed to happen, & continue!! Please, please, let her go home. This is NOT a physchiatric illness, it is physiological. You are doing nothing but harm to Karina!! It is well-known in Australia, & everyone I know is disgusted with this shameful situation. Please do something NOW, before it is too late for Karina!!!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Joan McParland
    Thomas McParland
    Stephen McParland
    May Patton
    Newry, Northern Ireland

    ReplyDelete
  27. Rachel Tarrant
    Tring, Hertfordshire, UK

    ReplyDelete
  28. Linda Hallberg- Sweden

    ReplyDelete
  29. Amara Campbell, Queensland, Australia

    ReplyDelete
  30. Have suffered with this disease for 24 years and my heart goes out to Karina for the injustice!!

    Ela Korbas
    Maria Korbas
    Jan Korbas
    John Nuzzo
    Anna Schlegel
    Kayla Osinski

    Victoria, Australia

    ReplyDelete
  31. Maureen Goggins, USA
    Karina Hansen is an adult with a recognized physical illness who is not a danger to herself or others. Why is she being held against her will and that of her rightful guardians, her family, by Danish psychiatrists? Please rectify this gross violation of human rights.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Completely agree with Maureen, Karina Hansen suffering a physical illness (Myalgic Encephalomyelytis), is being held against her will by Danish psychiatrists. Gross violation of human rights. Denmark stop this barbaric treatment, have ME specialists treat her, NOT PSYCHIATRIST FINK! If your loved one is sick with heart disease, you don't call a psychiatrist. What kind of people run this absurdly disturbing and harmful "healthcare" system? Distribute the MEICC (Myalgic Encephalomyelytis International Consensus Criteria), immediately to medical providers so this inhumane treatment NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. Welcome the ME specialist physician's offers to help NOW!
      Gina Bettor USA

      Delete
  32. This is an important case for the worldwide M.E. community. We are watching, and hoping you will do the right thing and release Karina.
    Tanya Marlow, UK
    Jon Marlow, UK

    ReplyDelete
  33. Katarina Hultheimer, Sweden

    ReplyDelete
  34. Edwin & Kayren Thwaites, Lancaster, England.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Pethra Stahre, Sweden

    ReplyDelete
  36. Pirjo Harjutsalo, Sweden.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Faheem Yousuf, Sweden

    ReplyDelete
  38. Peter Kemp, London, England

    ReplyDelete
  39. Mary Jones- England. This is abuse of the worst kind from a Doctor to his Patient. Please can you have Karina moved from his care as soon as possible before it's too late and she dies from malpractise!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Sending hope and wishes
    Mary connolly east yorkshire,.uk

    ReplyDelete
  41. Annabel Schleutker, UK
    Prue Schleutker, UK

    ReplyDelete
  42. Anna Holmberg, Västerås. Sweden
    Gunnar Holmberg, Västerås, Sweden

    ReplyDelete
  43. Erna-Marie Hellsten, Norge

    ReplyDelete
  44. Susanna Degaardt, Sweden

    ReplyDelete
  45. Barbara Howarth, Australia

    ReplyDelete
  46. Sarah Lawry, Glasgow, Scotland. UK

    Please put an immediate end to the torture and incarceration of a person with a recognised neurological disorder which psychiatry has no place in treating.

    ReplyDelete
  47. Also please note If anyone wishes to donate towards the costs of a lawyer that will work to bring Karina Hanson home, you can donate here https://www.geef.nl/donatiemodule/taal:en/doel:save4children, mark in the comment box 'for Karina Hanson'

    ReplyDelete
  48. Julia M Browell Australia.
    Robert William Gompelman Australia.

    Used to believe Denmark to be a good just and fair country where human rights were important.
    Not any more.
    Not while such inhumane treatment of Karina continues.
    Shame shame shame Denmark.
    Set Karina Hansen free.

    ReplyDelete
  49. Sky Bloom, England. This terrible abuse must be stopped immediately! ME is not a psychiatric illness and Karina should NOT be in the care of a psychiatrist at all and especially not such an arrogant man who refuses to allow a second opinion! She should be in the care of specialist ME doctors and the love and support of her family.

    ReplyDelete
  50. Please listen to sense, and the ME community. She has committed no crime, do not hold her prisoner.
    Valerie Pedrick
    England

    ReplyDelete
  51. Rachel Higginson, England, UK

    As Professor Keller recently stated, "It is intellectually embarrassing to suggest that ME is a psychological illness." Denmark is embarrassing itself in the eyes of a watching and deeply concerned world. More importantly, though, Denmark has a legal, ethical and moral duty to end this horrifying and illegal abuse, to reunite Karina with her family, and to hold the perpetrators accountable. This situation is nothing less than state-sanctioned illegal abduction, imprisonment, and torture. It is highly unlikely that the damage done to Karina's health can be fully repaired, but please at least end the abuse before it kills her. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  52. Gabi Lewis, Neuroimmune Alliance.

    ReplyDelete
  53. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  54. Lindsay Williams,UK

    ReplyDelete
  55. All in the M.E. world are watching, this poor girl has been abused too long, M.E. is a biological illness, I know because I have it too though not as severe as poor Katrina. You are torturing this young woman physically and mentally. Please send Katrina home to her loving family as soon as possible. Thank you. from Valerie, England, U.K.

    ReplyDelete
  56. How can the Danish government not see that it is barbaric to take a young helpless girl from her family & not allow them access to her!!! Karina needs to be set free from this man, Per Fink, immediately & returned to the care of her loving family. She needs to have access to an ME/CFS specialist as soon as possible. As someone who has ME/CFS, I can only imagine the unbearable trauma Karina has had to endure without the loving support from her family. This heartbreaking story is being shared worldwide so everyone will know how the Danish government has abused the civil rights of a beautiful young girl whose only crime is to be sick. Please give Karina the help she deserves & hand her back to her family to be cared for before It's too late.

    Irene Hand O'Shea - Ireland

    ReplyDelete
  57. Lotte Eline Schaal Vejen, Denmark

    ReplyDelete
  58. The world is watching this poor girls plight.

    ReplyDelete
  59. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  60. Pernilla Persson Sweden

    ReplyDelete
  61. Please add my signature to this letter. I wish to protest in the strongest terms about the continued illegal detention of Karina Hansen. She must be reunited with her parents
    Henry Anderson, England, UK

    ReplyDelete
  62. Linda Christensen, Denmark

    ReplyDelete
  63. Sarah Taylor, Adelaide, South Australia

    ReplyDelete
  64. Nicki Strong and family, London, England. This awful abuse of Karina's health and human rights must stop. This new government has the opportunity to do that.

    ReplyDelete
  65. ME is not a psychiatric illness. CNS inflammation, cardiac insufficiency, orthostatic intolerance, immune deficiencies and perturbations have been well documented. Forcibly taking this young woman from her family, imprisoning her against her will, is a violation of her basic human rights. The only psychopathology here is that of the 'doctors' who have abducted and are torturing her. Amy McLaughlin (Amy Kritz) USA

    ReplyDelete
  66. Joyce van der Ent, The Netherlands

    ReplyDelete
  67. Ellinor Brenemark, Stockholm, Sweden

    ReplyDelete
  68. Calling for a boycot of all Danish products until Karina is set free.

    ME Vereniging Nederland (Chair)

    ReplyDelete
  69. Celine Empain, Liege, Belgium

    ReplyDelete
  70. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  71. The Dr. Mengele's of Denmark have been experimenting on Karina for their own sick "scientific" abuses. They will all go down in history for what they are, kidnappers and conductors of human experiments hiding behind medical research and foster care. - Lauren Moore, USA

    ReplyDelete
  72. Martin Mc Mahon, Meath, Ireland.

    ReplyDelete
  73. This is a disgrace what you're doing to this poor young woman who is physically ill. This is a crime against her human rights. Angela, Scotland.

    ReplyDelete
  74. Judith Richman, Ph.D. USA

    ReplyDelete
  75. Nia Brown
    Suzie Dennis Cornwall UK

    ReplyDelete
  76. Karina deserves better, much better!!! This is extremely urgent!!! FREE Karina Hansen NOW.
    Bethany Yagci, USA

    ReplyDelete
  77. Karen Adams, Australia

    ReplyDelete
  78. Melanie Chandler, England, UK

    ReplyDelete

  79. Please reunite this family
    Nichola linnane county clare Ireland

    ReplyDelete

  80. Please reunite this family
    Nichola linnane county clare Ireland

    ReplyDelete
  81. This is a gross abuse of the human rights of a vulnerable young woman

    ReplyDelete
  82. Please add my name.
    Charlotte von Salis
    USA

    ReplyDelete
  83. Dorothy Murphy, Drogheda, Ireland.

    ReplyDelete
  84. Jerrold Spinhirne – Chicago, Illinois, USA

    ReplyDelete
  85. Laura Vitale
    California, USA

    ReplyDelete
  86. It is criminal what happened to Karina. Let her go home as soon as possible.

    A mother who fights for years for her child with ME

    ReplyDelete
  87. Alice Browne, USA

    ReplyDelete
  88. Please, let Karina go home to the proper care she needs for her desperate physiological disease.
    Stop making her worse, possibly for the rest of her life, by leaving her imprisoned with these ignorant, delusional abusers.

    Susan M. Scotland

    ReplyDelete
  89. Niall Dowd. Ireland Denmark has a good reputation for human fights enforcement.This situation needs to be rectified.

    ReplyDelete
  90. cathey lowe ,UK ,England ,,,my heart breaks at this story ,it is unbelievable that this has been allowed to happen ,,,i hope with all my heart that she gets to go home ,,,i dread to think what they have done to her

    ReplyDelete
  91. Let her be at home. This illness is bad enough without being separated from loved ones!

    ReplyDelete
  92. Sally and Martin Lambert, Hertfordshire, UK

    ReplyDelete
  93. Anja Olergård, Stockholm, Sweden

    ReplyDelete
  94. Michelle Taylor and Daniel Taylor England

    ReplyDelete
  95. Julie Goodlaxson United States

    Colleen Steckel, Ohio, United States

    ReplyDelete
  96. Susan Pante, Canada

    The wrongful psychiatric imprisonment of Karina Hansen is barbaric and outrageous 'medical' treatment. This cannot be allowed to continue. Release Karina from this harmful 'care'--a travesty to Karina and her family--the family is even denied visiting rights. Can you imagine ... it is unfathomable. Shame on Denmark for allowing and enabling this medical and human rights monstrosity. Make it right--release Karina!

    ReplyDelete
  97. Elin Synnes, Akershus, Norge

    ReplyDelete
  98. Dear Sir, please arrange for this poor woman to be released. The 'treatment' she has endured amounts to little more than captivity and torture, and breaches all her human rights. Most prisoners are treated better than this.
    L. Livingstone, England.

    ReplyDelete
  99. This is an outrage - Andrew Brennan & family, Ireland

    ReplyDelete
  100. Such a terrible thing! Miranda Dickinson, Dudley, UK

    ReplyDelete
  101. Brent Forman
    Langley, BC Canada

    ReplyDelete
  102. Dette er en skændsel for Danmark!!!
    Pia Brack, København

    ReplyDelete
  103. There but for the Grace of God, go I. My country supports me, they do everything possible to make life as comfortable as can be. They try to alleviate the impact of my condition on my family. I cannot believe that in the days where Rituximab trials are showing that people with M.E are responding to Chemotherapy drugs. Proving that this disease is not psychological, you have wrongly imprisoned a young woman and enforced isolation, away from her family. What sort of modern country treats their sick like this! This is far too reminiscent of Nazi Germany's days. You have no right to falsely imprison a young woman who's only crime is to have a horrible disease

    ReplyDelete
  104. I am signing this separately as I could not get the previous post to add more text. I sign this Dawn Michelle Murray of Scotland,
    I also sign on behalf of my husband Andrew Stewart Murray of Scotland.

    Release her, or risk being viewed by the world as no better than the Nazi Regime.

    ReplyDelete
  105. Everyone needs their family, even more so when you have severe ME. This is unbelievably cruel.
    Vicky Coles UK

    ReplyDelete
  106. Maayke Meijering, The Netherlands

    ReplyDelete
  107. Please stop this incredibly cruel and ignorant treatment and rerturn Marina home.
    Michele Greenstein
    Sonoma, CA USA

    ReplyDelete
  108. This is a gross abuse of human rights, downright medical malpractice. And torture for Karena and her family. She MUST BE RELEASED.
    Jane Pannell RN, ACRN
    San Francisco, CA, USA

    ReplyDelete
  109. Elizabeth Davin, Ireland

    ReplyDelete
  110. Martina Stark, Germany

    ReplyDelete
  111. Noa Henriette Sternberg, Germany

    ReplyDelete
  112. Ulrike M. Germany

    ReplyDelete
  113. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  114. Gail Anne Haley I have ME Primary Generalised Epilepsy CP & Partuaily Sighted low vision blind no visual field ME is a Neurological Endrcogical Immunological disease neuro immune deficiency disease that occurs in Childhood Teenagehood & Young Adulthood disease that you have for life.

    ReplyDelete
  115. I am outraged that this is happening, and that there is such absence of respect for this young woman and for the current developments in understanding of ME that clearly refute the foundations of the decision to incarcerate her in this matter.

    ReplyDelete
  116. Stephen Cox Cardiff Wales

    ReplyDelete
  117. Diana Kant
    The Netherlands

    ReplyDelete
  118. Elle Davin, ME/CFS patient, Ireland

    ReplyDelete
  119. Please free Karen...
    K.R. Ouwens-van der Ent, The Netherlands

    ReplyDelete
  120. Free Karina & restore her human rights under the European Convention, so she might receive more appropriate treatment

    ReplyDelete
  121. Rebecka Jallén, Sweden

    ReplyDelete
  122. Linda Mills-Bilyea, Ontario, Canada

    ReplyDelete
  123. Inge Schütze, Germany

    ReplyDelete
  124. Heather Dreske, Elm Grove, WI
    This is a human rights embarrassment…it is time you walked away and let her free so she can try and heal before even more damage is done. We stand with you Karina.

    ReplyDelete
  125. Anne Cavanaugh USA - Let her go. There are approximately 2 million people in US with ME/CFS -I don't know of any one in psych lock up due to having this illness. Something very wrong seems to be going on there. ME/CFS is technically not considered to be a psych illness.

    ReplyDelete
  126. Shari Gross -- Canada27 October 2015 at 19:06

    I believed Denmark was a civilized country. Karina's situation proves it is not. Kidnapping, forcible confinement and torture of a seriously ill young woman with assistance from the government puts your country in a very bad light.

    ReplyDelete
  127. Sophia Aandahl, USA
    Soren Aandahl, USA
    Serene Aandahl, USA

    ReplyDelete
  128. Astrid Meyer-Knutsen, Norway

    ReplyDelete
  129. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  130. Wendy Boutilier Canada

    ReplyDelete
  131. Monika Koch, Germany

    ReplyDelete
  132. Scott Simpson, Canada, m.e. patient, former national triathlon member.

    ReplyDelete
  133. Jeanette Sundström, Sweden

    ReplyDelete
  134. Se till att detta lidande får ett slut.
    Kerstin Heiling. Sverige

    ReplyDelete