Tag: Religious liberty

June 10, 2020: Bishops in Middle East and Nigeria Applaud Trump’s Religious-Liberty Executive Order


The … Church leaders in the Middle East and Nigeria contacted by the Register have enthusiastically welcomed the document.

The presidential directive, which President Trump signed at the White House … prioritizes international religious freedom in foreign policy and overseas government aid projects, budgets $50 million a year for programs that advance religious liberty worldwide, and requires relevant State Department officials to undergo training in international religious freedom.

June 9, 2020: Ignore the optics. Trump’s executive order could jump-start the cause of global religious freedom.


The Trump administration’s executive order aims to end this torpor, giving the cause more teeth by making religious organizations and communities partners to the government in promoting religious freedom, requiring our diplomatic missions in violator countries to develop plans of action for improving the situation on the ground, providing serious funding for programs that promote religious freedom, mandating the training in religious freedom for all civil service employees in the State Department and channeling foreign assistance toward promoting religious freedom.


January 10, 2020: Compulsory Vaccination: The Grand Chamber of the ECHR Will Decide


The ECLJ has neither competence nor pretension to rule on the value or the inappropriateness of vaccines in general and does not encourage the refusal of vaccines. However, it seems that the goal sought by compulsory vaccination can be achieved through less restrictive measures which are more respectful of the fundamental rights and freedoms of parents.

It is up to the Grand Chamber of the European Court to decide.



June 21, 2019 – Custody of Wunderlich Challenged By Authorities

Newsletter – June 2019
The same court which ordered the removal of the Wunderlich children in 2013, has again challenged the custody of the children by demanding proof of their school attendance.

The Wunderlich family were summoned to a court in Darmstadt, Germany, last week. The two younger children, who are still minors, and their parents were questioned in two separate hearings over two days.

Despite the right of parents to direct the education of their children being protected in international law, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich awoke one morning in 2013 to discover that more than 30 German police officers and social workers had come to seize custody of their four children.

The Wunderlich family has been in and out of court ever since, fighting to ensure respect for this fundamental right. Now, once again, they are fighting to keep custody of their children.

Please continue to pray for the Wunderlich family. Having brought their case to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, the highest level of the court, they wait for confirmation that it will be heard.

A good decision there would better protect the right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children in Germany and across Europe.

Thank you for supporting us in our shared mission,

Paul Coleman, Executive Director

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The Wunderlich’s fight for parental rights

Jan 2013
German authorities take children away
The Wunderlich family’s right to homeschool is challenged by the German authorities who forcibly remove their four children from their home.
Apr 2015
Family files case at the Human Rights Court
On 16 April, ADF International filed the case against Germany at the European Court of Human Rights, on behalf of the Wunderlich family.
Apr 2017
Submissions made to Human Rights Court 
On 6 April, ADF International made final written submissions in the case of Wunderlich v. Germanyto the European Court of Human Rights.
Jan 2019
European Court rules against Wunderlichs 
The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the German authorities’ actions were not in violation of the Wunderlich family’s fundamental rights.
Apr 2019
Wunderlichs appeal to top European court 
The Wunderlich family, with the help of ADF International, has asked the Court to refer their caseto the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, the top European court.
Watch: The Wunderlich family and ADF International’s Robert Clarke share why it’s important to protect the right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children.


January 14, 2019 – The German Government Forcibly Removed These Children From Their Parents Over Homeschooling


German police officers forcibly removed the Wunderlich children from their parents for homeschooling, which is illegal in Germany. (Photo: Boris Roessler/picture alliance via Getty Images)

In its decision last week, the European Court of Human Rights has undermined its claim to being the “conscience of Europe” and pitted parents against children. The court was set up to adjudicate disputes between individuals and the state, and yet it misframes this case as one in which the courts must mediate between parent and child: “[International law] requires that a fair balance must be struck between the interests of the child and those of the parent.”

The overt assumptions here—that parents do not have their children’s best interests at heart, and that the state knows better—should trouble any parent, whether your children are educated at home or at school.