Association Les Témoins de Jehovah v. France (application no. 8916/05)

The applicant is the French association “Les Témoins de Jéhovah”. By a judgment of 30 June 2011 the Court held that there had been a violation of Article 9 (freedom of
thought, conscience and religion) concerning the taxation of hand-to-hand gifts received by the association between 1993 and 1996. Today’s judgment concerned the question of just satisfaction (Article 41). The Court held that France is to reimburse the applicant association 4,590,295 euros (EUR) for the taxes unduly paid and EUR 55,000 for costs and expenses.

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CAPLC (European Coordination of Associations and Individuals for Freedom of Conscience). This ONG follows a humanist universal call towards peace, brotherhood and tolerance regarding all human beings. It stemmed out of the following observations: -worldwide, an unparalleled crisis of civilisation, aggravated by recurrent economic, social and financial upheavals pours on mankind an array of evils and disasters: genocide, poverty, unemployment, starvation, terrorism, crime, drugs, extinction of species…

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