The German government is persecuting homeschoolers like never before. Armin Eckermann, president of Schulunterricht zu Hause (School Instruction at Home – SIH), the homeschool legal defense association of Germany, states that there are over 40 homeschool families in court in Germany!
The families are being heavily fined; the parents are being jailed; the children are being threatened with being seized and placed in the custody of the state; and families are being forced to flee to Austria and other surrounding countries. […] [Some families] have sought review by the Human Rights European Court that covers all of Europe. There are now eight cases pending before the European Court, [...]. The problem with the European Court, is that all cases are discretionary: there is no right of appeal. If the Court decides not to rule on them, the case will not be heard. Another problem is the Court has no particular deadline of when they have to decide to take the case or not, so some of these cases have been sitting for three to four years, with no resolution in sight.