Severe Restrictions on Homeschooling

Country: Sweden

Date of incident: July 28, 2010

Category: Government Restrictions

Attack against: Faith / Morals

Area of case: Governmental



Sweden’s parliament gave a crushing blow to parental rights passing a law that makes homeschooling legal only in “extraordinary circumstances.” The law excludes religious or philosophical convictions as legitimate reasons for home education.

The Home School Legal Defense Association and Alliance Defense Fund have applied to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of one family whose child was abducted by the government in 2009 and have filed a brief in a Swedish appellate court on behalf of another family fined an amount equivalent to $26,000 U.S.. “The right of parents to choose the kind of education their children receive is a fundamental human right recognized in international legal documents including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” said HSLDA attorney Michael Donnelly. “Parents have the right and authority to make decisions regarding their children’s education without government interference,” said ADF Legal Counsel Roger Kiska. “Swedish policy on home education is at odds with recognized international legal standards that uphold the right of parents to direct the education of their children.” We thank LifeSiteNews for reporting. Sources: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archive/ldn/2010/jul/10070807 http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/swedish-politician-leader-calls-for-even-harsher-penalties-for-homeschoolin?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=c9b74296cc-LifeSiteNews_com_Intl_Headlines-01_14_2012&utm_medium=email More on the Swedish homoschooling restriction (video and article):
http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2012/April/Swedish-Home-Schoolers-Flee-Parental-Inquisition/