Germany: Court judgement day for human rights battle over religious taxes

The case concerns applications by five German nationals about the levying of church taxes or special church fees. Under German law, some Churches and religious societies have the status of public-law entities, and are entitled to levy a church tax and/or fee on their members.

Nils Muižnieks: Human rights organisations are being squeezed

Governments are backsliding on their commitment to freedom of association, leading some human rights defenders to go underground, according to the Commissioner for Human Rights.

Court: Cyprus and Turkey’s cooperation failure led to ineffective murder investigation

The case concerned the killing of Elmas, Zerrin and Eylül Güzelyurtlu, who were shot dead in the Cypriot-Government controlled area of Cyprus on 15 January 2005.

Serbia: Journalist and human rights defender ‘International Criminal Tribunal’ dispute set for Strasbourg ruling

The case concerns her complaint about her conviction for insult following an article she wrote about Nataša Kandić, a well-known human rights activist.

Poland: Nils Muižnieks urges parliament to reject law changes threatening judicial independence

In a letter addressed to the Speaker of Sejm of Poland published today, Nils Muižnieks, calls on the Polish Parliament to reject legal amendments which he fears would “encroach upon the independence of the judiciary.”