The Wunderlichs reclaims their right to homeschooling at the European Court of Human Rights

The Wunderlichs reclaims their right to homeschooling at the European Court of Human Rights



-30 police officers were dispatch to take away the children from their home in 2013.

GERMANY, April 16th 2019. The Wunderlich family reclaimed yesterday, Monday, April 15th, at the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) their rights to homeschool their four children, something German law denies to date. This is this court's last instance.

This appeal comes after the Fifth Section ruled that their rights had not been violated in 2013 when more than 30 police officers raided their home and forcefully removed the children from their parents who lost custody temporarily.

The crime the Wunderlichs were then accused of was the children were being homeschooled, something Germany does not allow, by legislation dating back to 1919. Over 50.000 citizen have supported the Wunderlich family with their signatures via the online petition from the International Platform Citizengo, and ADF International.

“Despite the right of parents to direct the education of their children being protected in international law, the Court ruled that the dawn raid on the family home was neither ‘particularly harsh (nor) exceptional" comments Robert Clarke, Director of European Advocacy for ADF International and lead counsel for the Wunderlich Family, who also said that they "will continue to support the Wunderlich family as they seek affirmation of their rights at the highest level of the European Court of Human Rights”.

After German courts ruled in favor of the government, the ECHR agreed to take up the case in August 2016. Nevertheless, the Fifth Section ruled against the German family on last January, disregarding their right to private family life, says ADF.

"The first ruling of the European Court of Human Rights ignores the fact that Germany’s policy on homeschooling violates the rights of parents to educate their children. It is alarming to see that this was not recognized by the most influential human rights court in Europe. The ruling is a step in the wrong direction and should concern anyone who cares about freedom,” said Paul Coleman, Executive Director of ADF International.

“The previous ruling was very disheartening for our family and the many families affected by this in Germany. After years of legal struggles, it was extremely frustrating for us and our children. It is upsetting that the European Court of Human Rights did not recognize the injustices we suffered at the hands of the German authorities. We are hopeful that the Grand Chamber will see the ways we tried, for many years, to engage with the authorities, and the completely disproportionate action they ultimately took,” said Dirk Wunderlich, father of the four children.

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