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Is Germany Violating Human Rights?
Volume 115, Program 39
4/11/2013
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Germany has said that no German citizen has the right to teach their own children at home. Today on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Farris explains how Germany’s discrimination against people like the homeschooling Romeike family is a violation of human rights.

Jim Mason:
We’re talking about the Romeike case with Mike Farris today. Mike, how do we know that Germany’s ban on homeschooling violates basic human rights?

Mike Farris:
Well, human rights laws really became popularized and important to the entire community of the world as a result of the atrocities of Nazi Germany. And so the first thing that was done was to distill basic principles into the universal declaration of human rights that was done in the late 1940s—one of the first acts of the United Nations. And, in that document, it says that parents have a prior right to determine the education of their children. That means that the right of a parent comes first in time and first in importance. Those general principles were distilled into actual treaties in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. Germany is a party to both of those treaties, and both of them say parents have the right to direct the education of their children and to provide education that’s different than the public schools. The UN has appointed a special rapporteur to look at the German situation, and that rapporteur out of the human rights office says Germany is in violation of human rights standards. It’s really clear; everybody gets it except the Obama administration and Germany.

Jim:

Please continue to pray for the Romeike family and for Mike Farris as he prepares for oral argument in the Sixth Circuit on April 23rd. For Home School Heartbeat, I’m Jim Mason.


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