Most people have received identical replies from Austrian ambassadors in their country of residence. We have written an open letter in response which you should feel free to use in your own replies. Alternatively, if you wish to formulate your own and email them directly, please do so.
Dear Your Excellency,
I am most disappointed that you have failed to address any of the most disturbing points I raised with you about the custody proceedings of the Schlesinger Twins .
Perhaps you could explain how it is in the children’s best interest to endorse the original separation of the children from their mother on the grounds of a psychological report 3 years out of date which has been thoroughly discredited?
Perhaps you could explain how it is the children’s best interest to have only minimal contact with their mother and not be allowed to even stay the night with her?
Perhaps you could explain how it is in the children’s best interest for their mother to be denied all knowledge of their health, growth and educational progress?
And perhaps you could account for the many anomalies in the court’s proceedings?
In the absence of answers to these and other questions, an increasing number of legal experts around the world cannot accept that the court’s procedure has been proper and fair, or conducted with the children’s interests at heart.
Please be aware that it is not just the safety and welfare of two little boys that the court has overlooked, but indeed the standing of the Austrian judiciary as well as Austria’s credibility as an EU democracy, are now in jeopardy.
Your offhand, formulaic response to widespread concern only exacerbates this situation. It is sad, and a source of great concern, that you are prepared to see the good standing of the Austrian legal system, and even the integrity of the Republic of Austria itself, traduced in this manner.
I look forward to a fuller explanation of the bizarre circumstances in this case.
Original Reply From Ambassadors Offices around the World
Dear Sir / Madam,
Referring to your e-mail about the case of the Schlesinger twins I may inform you as follows:
All authorities in Austria are aware of the fact that custody conflicts bear tragic components and are always troublesome to the child´s best interest.
It is the duty of the courts to act and to give judgment in the best interest of the child. This judgment can be subject to appeal and second appeal to the Supreme Court.
Following national and international rules of jurisdiction and constitutional provisions about the independence of the courts, the outcome of a Court’s proceeding has to be respected.
Ambassador of the Republic of Austria