HAMBURG, Germany, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A German court has ruled a Polish father has no inherent right to speak his native language during supervised visits with his daughters.
Wojciech Pomorski, 39, filed a lawsuit arguing the Youth Affairs Office in Hamburg did not respect his cultural identity. The court dismissed the case this week, Polish Radio reported.
Pomorski, who is divorced from his German wife, can see his two daughters only under supervision. The Youth Affairs Office said he could only speak German to the girls because Polish-speaking employees of the office are not always available.
"The petitioner, who fled to Germany in the 1980s for political reasons, has spoken Polish to his daughters since their birth, this being the language in which he is best able to express himself. He argues that the German authorities are seriously infringing his fundamental rights and have failed to respect his cultural and linguistic identity," Pomorski said.
Pomorski asked for a written apology and 15,000 euros ($21,400) damages. He plans to appeal the District Court decision.