January 25
2021
Dolores Utrilla
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12th January 2021
Consumer, Health & Environment Human Rights Tax

ECtHR: Swiss requirement that a person declared unfit for military service for health reasons must pay tax is discriminatory

Today, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) rendered its Chamber judgment in Ryser v. Switzerland (application no. 23040/13), ruling that Swiss authorities violated the prohibition of discrimination in conjunction with the right to respect for private and family life (Articles 14 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, ECHR) when they required the payment of an exemption tax from a person declared unfit for military service for health reasons.

The ECtHR found that the distinction between persons unfit for military service who are subject to and who are exempted from the tax at hand is unreasonable. It further considered that the applicant had been placed at a considerable disadvantage when compared with conscientio

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