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No Action by the U.N.
The United Nations have
decided not to take any further the complaint lodged by THEN against the
As discussed before, one can appeal against
decisions by the Australian Government with the Human Rights Commission of
the U.N., as Australia has acceded to the respective U.N.'s protocol on
Civil and Political Rights.
Normally, one first has to go through
the domestic judicial system up to the High Court, but in cases such as
where persons have to risk their own safety by going to court, direct
appeal with the U.N. is possible.
The threat by the Government to
take children away from parents who refuse to comply with the relevant
regulations, makes it hard for parents to go to court and admit that they
are not sending their children to school, THEN wrote to the U.N.
The secretariat of the U.N. has now officially informed THEN that
it regards the subject matter to come within the domestic jurisdiction of
the State concerned.
THEN spokesperson Edwin Thor said the
decision by THEN to appeal with the U.N. has not come lightly, partly
because no-one expected the U.N. to take any action and partly because the
U.N. in many respects represents the voice of the Government, rather than
the cry of the victims. Anyway, this case has once more proven this point
and shows that homeschoolers shouldn't expect much support from the U.N.,
Edwin Thor commented at a recent THEN meeting.
THEN-newsletter, 25 March 1994 ]
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