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International Agreements & Documents That Germany’s Homeschool Policy Violates

  • “Distance learning methods and home schooling represent valid options which could be developed in certain circumstances, bearing in mind that parents have the right to choose the appropriate type of education for their children, as stipulated in article 13 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The promotion and development of a system of public, government-funded education should not entail the suppression of forms of education that do not require attendance at a school.”
    —United Nations Special Rapporteur in Education, March 2006 report on an official observation mission to Germany, paragraphs 62 and 93(g) (See full document.)
  • “In the exercise of any functions which the Contracting Parties assume in relation to education and to teaching, they shall respect the right of parents to ensure for their children such education and teaching as corresponds with their own convictions and national traditions,” —CIS Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, 3 May 2001, Article 27.1 (See full document.)
    —CIS Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, 3 May 2001, Article 27.1 (See full document.)
  • “The right of parents to ensure the education and teaching of their children in conformity with their religious, philosophical and pedagogical convictions shall be respected, in accordance with the national laws governing the exercise of such freedom and right.” —CIS Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, 3 May 2001, Article 27.1 (See full document.)
    —Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, 7 December 2000, Article 14.3 (See full document.)
  • State parties must ‘respect the responsibilities, rights and duties of parents…to provide, in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child, appropriate direction and guidance in the exercise by the child of the rights recognized in the present Convention” including the right to education.
    —United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 20 November 1989, Article 5 (See full document.)
  • “The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents and, when applicable, legal guardians to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions.” (Editors’ note: This convention designates these rights as non-derogable in Article 4 paragraph 2.)
    —International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 19 December 1966, Article 18, paragraph 4 (See full document.)
  • “States Parties to the present covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents […] to choose for their children schools, other than those established by public authorities, which conform to such minimum educational standards as may be laid down or approved by the State and to ensure that religious or moral education of their children is in conformity with their own convictions,”
    —International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 16 December 1966, Article 13.3 (See full document.)
  • “In the exercise of any functions which it assumes in relation to education and teaching, the State shall respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions.”
    —European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of 1950, Protocol 1, Article 2 (See full document.)
  • “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children”
    —Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, Article 26, part 3 (See full document.)
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Formal Correspondence with German Officials