Kokkinakis v Greece


This is a 1988 case

A Jehovah’s Witness was evangelising for his faith in Greece. His right to do so was breached by Greece

Proselytism is a crime in Greece. This means seeking to induce someone to change faith by offering incentives or exploiting the person’s low intellect, youth etc…

A pure hearted attempt to win converts without offering an incentive is allowed

The ECHR ruled in favour of Kokkinakis. He had the perfect right to disseminate his beliefs.

The World Council of Churches said that people should spread their faith

Greece was breaching article 9 of ECHR

People have the right to manifest their beliefs


About Calers

Born Belfast 1971. I read history at Edinburgh. I did a Master's at UCL. I have semi-libertarian right wing opinions. I am married with a daughter and a son. I am allergic to cats. I am the falling hope of the not so stern and somewhat bending Tories. I am a legal beagle rather than and eagle. Big up the Commonwealth of Nations.

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