The European Court of Human Rights has agreed to review the Wunderlichs' case and to look at whether Germany's actions breached the right to family life, which is protected under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The court ruled in 2006 that there is no right to homeschooling.
"I sincerely hope the European Court of Human Rights will reaffirm that the state has no right to abduct children from their family just because they are being home-schooled," Dirk Wunderlich, the father of the family, told legal group Alliance Defending Freedom.
"Our youngest daughter was only four years old when the authorities broke into our home and took our children without warning. She couldn't stop crying for 11 days. Her older sister hasn't laughed since this incident. We chose to educate our children at home, because we believe this to be the best environment for them to learn and thrive," he said.
Alliance Defending Freedom International, an Arizona-based legal group, finalized written submissions to the European Court of Human Rights last week on behalf of the Wunderlich family, asking the high court to protect the freedom of parents to homeschool their children.
"The eventual judgment in the case will have wide implications regarding parental rights for the 800 million Europeans who are subject to the rulings of the court," the group said in a statement.
"Children deserve the loving care and protection of their parents. It is a serious thing for a country to interfere with the parent-child bond, so it should only do so where there is a real risk of serious harm," said ADF International Director of European Advocacy Robert Clarke, lead counsel for the family in Wunderlich v. Germany.