‘Huge Setback’ for Parents’ Rights as European Court Rules Against German Homeschoolers

Jan 14, 2019 by

by Dale Hurd, CBN News:

The European Court of Human Rights today ruled against a German homeschooling family who many believe were the victims of persecution by the government because they resisted compulsory state and private education.

In the case of Wunderlich v. Germany,  the court said that the German authorities’ actions were not in violation of the Wunderlich family’s fundamental rights.

That wasn’t just an isolated incident. Germany punishes families who homeschool with heavy fines and the removal of children from the home.

After courts in Germany ruled in favor of the government, the European Court of Human Rights agreed to take up the Wunderlich case in August 2016.

“We are extremely disappointed with this ruling of the Court,” said Robert Clarke, director of European Advocacy for ADF International and lead counsel for the Wunderlich family.

“It disregards the rights of parents all over Europe to raise their children without disproportionate interference from the state. Petra and Dirk Wunderlich simply wanted to educate their children in line with their convictions and decided their home environment would be the best place for this. Children deserve this loving care from their parents,” Clarke said.

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