Court:Taxes and fees imposed by German churches did not violate religious freedom

Under German law, some churches and religious societies are entitled to levy a church tax and/or fee on their members. Five applicants complained that, when such taxes or fees were calculated and levied on the basis of the joint income of both the applicant and their spouse, it violated their right to freedom of religion.

Court backs ‘Communist collaboration’ complaint against Skopje authorities

The case concerned lustration proceedings brought against. These were proceedings aimed at exposing persons who had worked for or collaborated with the State’s security services during the communist period.

Turkey: Court backs workers in human rights dispute with factory owner over trade union membership

The case concerned the judicial authorities’ refusal to recognise the trade union’s representation in the Tukaş Gıda Sanayi ve Ticaret company and the dismissal of employees of the company who had refused to cancel their membership of the trade union at their employer’s request.

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.