EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Thursday 18 January 2018 – A.R. and L.R. v. Switzerland (no. 22338/15) [Teilnahme am Sexualkundeunterricht in der Grundschule]

The applicants, Ms A.R. and her daughter Ms L.R., are Swiss nationals who were born in 1970 and 2003 respectively and live in Basle. The case concerns the refusal by a Basle primary school to grant Ms A.R’s request that her daughter, then aged seven and about to move up to the 2nd year of primary school, be exempted from sex education lessons.

Relying on Article 8 § 1 (right to respect for private and family life), Ms A.R. and Ms L.R. allege that there has been a violation of Ms A.R.’s right to respect for private and family life, and consider that L.R. was subjected to an unjustified interference with the exercise of her right to respect for her private life. They also complain of an infringement of their right to freedom of religion and conscience (Article 9 § 1 of the Convention), and of a breach of the prohibition on discrimination (Article 14) taken together with Articles 8 and 9.

Press Realease ECHR 002/2018 11/01/2018