The European Court of Human Rights rejected the appeal of a German couple who had been fighting for years against the schooling of their children at home, claiming that the government had been able to temporarily withdraw their children.
Home schooling is illegal in Germany and the Court has indicated that it has already supported this law in previous decisions.
Dirk and Petra Wanderlich, however, claimed that their rights to privacy and family life were violated by Hessen authorities when their four children were taken away in 2013. They were fired three weeks later. after the couple agreed to send them to school.
In a unanimous decision on Thursday, the court found that the authorities "have struck a balance between the best interests of the child and the parents."