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STRASBOURG — The European Court of Human Rights has unanimously ruled that a German couple’s rights under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights were not violated when authorities temporarily removed their children from their home due to concerns that they were being homeschooled rather than sent to public school.
“The court finds that the enforcement of compulsory school attendance, to prevent social isolation of the applicants’ children and ensure their integration into society, was a relevant reason for justifying the partial withdrawal of parental authority,” it wrote on Thursday.
“It further finds that the domestic authorities reasonably assumed—based on the information available to them—that children were endangered by the applicants by not sending them to school and keeping them in a ‘symbiotic’ family system.”
The court concluded that “there were ‘relevant and sufficient’ reasons for the withdrawal of some parts of the parents’ authority and the temporary removal of the children from their family home,” and that the “domestic authorities struck a proportionate balance between the best interests of the children and those of the applicants, which did not fall outside the margin of appreciation granted to the domestic authorities.”
As previously reported, in 2013, approximately 20 social workers, police officers and special agents swarmed the Darmstadt home of Dirk and Petra Wunderlich and forcefully removed all their children. A family court judge had signed an order that day authorizing officials to immediately seize the Wunderlich’s children for failing to cooperate “with the authorities to send the children to [public]
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