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Objectives and Activities

Glimmerveen and Hagenbeek v The Netherlands (decision), 11 October 1979 [ECtHR]

Case nos 8348/78 & 8406/78

The general purpose of Article 17 is to prevent totalitarian groups from exploiting in their own interests the principles enunciated by the Convention. To achieve that purpose, it is not necessary to take away every one of the rights and freedoms guaranteed from persons found to be engaged in activities aimed at the destruction of any of those rights and freedoms. Article 17 covers essentially those rights which, if invoked, will facilitate the attempt to derive therefrom a right to engage personally in activities aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth in the Convention (cf. "Lawless" Case (Merits), Judgment of 1 July 1961, para . 6 of The Law at p . 45). 

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