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Court: Switzerland’s refusal to exempt primary school pupil from sex education class did not breach convention

Judges ruled today that Switzerland’s refusal to exempt primary school pupil from sex education class did not breach human rights law.

In its decision in the case of A.R. and L.R. v. Switzerland (application no. 22338/15) the European Court of Human Rights has by a majority declared the application inadmissible.

The decision is final.

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 second year of primary school, be exempted from sex education lessons.

The court found the application manifestly ill-founded. It noted in particular that sex education at a kindergarten and in the first years of primary school was complementary in nature and not systematic; the teachers merely had to “react to the children’s questions and actions.”

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