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Case Law 49686/99 (12/03/2009)

Type: Judgment

Authority: European Authorities: European Court of human rights

Date: 03/12/2009

Subject: The Court have stated the violation of articles 9 and 14 of the Convention, since the claimants had been discriminated for their religion, because, being Jehovah’s witnesses, they had been forced to perform social instead of military service, while members of other recognized religions, exercising pastoral duties comparable to theirs, had been exempted from such service

Parties: Gütl c/ Austria

Classification: Freedoms - Art. 10 Freedom of thought - Freedom of conscience - Freedom of religion - Equality - Art. 20 Equality - Art. 22 Respect of cultural, religious and linguistic diversity