The Wunderlichs recover custody of their children in German court

The Wunderlichs recover custody of their children in German court

-The international CitizenGO, along with ADF started last February an online signature-gathering campaign joined by countries like Germany, Spain, Italy, France, the US, Netherlands, Poland, Canada, Russia, and Slovakia, that amounted to 50,000 endorsements worldwide. 


MADRID, JULY 5TH 2019.- This Tuesday, July 2nd, a court in Darmstadt (Hesse) has ruled in favor of the Wunderlich family for them to recover custody of their children, lost in 2013 for homeschooling them. Homeschooling is forbidden in Germany by a law issued in 1919.

This fight was joined by a signature-gathering online campaign organized by CitizenGO and ADF since February and has achieved over 50,000 signatures worldwide. The campaign was joined by countries like Germany, Spain, Italy, France, the US, Netherlands, Poland, Canada, Russia and Slovakia.

In the CitizenGO and ADF's campaign, addressed to the Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany, Katarina Barley, citizens reclaimed the German government and authorities to protect "the fundamental right to privacy and family life, to acknowledge freedom for the Wunderlichs to raise their children and finally end the witch hunt that the parents are suffering".

"This is a small victory for the family, that keeps on fighting at the European Court of Human Rights on their right to raise their children at home, which is forbidden by a German law dating back to 1919", explains CitizenGO.


The children want to stay with their parents

The two youngest children, who are still minors, have expressed their desire to stay with their family: "I'm not willing to go to a public school just because German judges can't imagine me being raised in any other way. I will not tolerate being taken away by force and locked up", one of the kids, 10 years old, wrote.

His brother added: "I only want to live and learn in peace with my family without the fear of being constantly moved, like in 2009 and 2013. I went to public school for a year and I definitely did not enjoy that?".

The family still expects the verdict of the highest instance of the European Court of Human Rights, as they appealed the ruling of the Fifth Section of the ECHR. That court ruled last January that the rights of the family were not violated when over 30 police agents and social workers entered their home in 2013 and took the minors away.


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