Capacities to be Enjoyed by Non-Governmental Organizations

Sidiropoulos v Greece, 10 July 1998 [ECtHR]

Case no 26695/95

31.  The Court considers, as the applicants and the Commission did, that the Greek courts’ refusal to register the applicants’ association amounts to an interference by the authorities with the applicants’ exercise of their right to freedom of association; the refusal deprived the applicants of any possibility of jointly or individually pursuing the aims they had laid down in the association’s memorandum of association and of thus exercising the right in question. This interference was not denied by the Government.

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