Although the authorities eventually returned the children, the legal position remains uncertain and Germany continues to maintain criminal penalties for families who want to homeschool. Recently, the European Court of Human Rights agreed to review whether Germany’s actions breached the right to family life, which is protected under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
'Petra and Dirk Wunderlich simply exercised their parental right to raise their children in line with their philosophical and religious convictions – something they thought they could do better in the home environment. International law protects the right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children, Germany should respect that,' said Robert Clarke, Director of European Advocacy for ADF International and lead counsel on the Wunderlich case.
'The International Day of Families is a good occasion to draw attention to the importance of the family, and the need to safeguard family rights worldwide. Let us not forget that in a free society, parents raise children, not the government,' added Coleman.
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