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.

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.

Germany: Child born out of wedlock suffered human rights violation

Excluding children from inheritance rights if they were born out of wedlock before a certain cut-off point was discriminatory and led Germany to breach European human rights law.

Germany: Court backs retrospective preventive detention

Judges have ruled that the retrospective preventive detention of a convicted murderer was justified from the moment when he was placed in a centre for psychiatric treatment.

Germany: Court set to announce ruling on killer’s deportation human rights challenge

The case concerned the risk of Farida Kathoon Khan’s deportation to Pakistan, after having committed murder in Germany in a state of mental incapacity.