RAMALLAH, Tuesday, September 03, 2019 (WAFA) – Palestine’s ambassador to Norway, Marie Seidin, met today with Norwegian Foreign Ministry officials to discuss the killing last week of 17-year-old Shatha Barghouti, a Palestinian girl who immigrated with her family to Norway more than 10 years ago and reported dead by the Norwegian authorities at a childcare center, according to a statement by the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.
Seidin discussed the circumstances of the killing of Barghouti and the situation of her family.
However, Norwegian officials said that since Barghouti is a Norwegian citizen, they can cooperate only to the the law allows. Seidin, nevertheless, called on the Norwegian authorities to give the matter their utmost attention and to reveal the circumstances of her death.
The Norwegian Child Welfare Services, Barnevernet, a government department that has jurisdiction to deal with issues related to children and where Barghouti was found dead, has been criticized for not looking after Barghouti when she was in their custody after she and her two younger siblings were taken away from their parents six years ago for allegedly not taking care of them.