Peace tax campaigners turned down by UK judge
Friday, July 22, 2005
The judicial review was called for under article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights which guarantees freedom 'to manifest one's religion or beliefs' and which was made a part of British law in 1998. The Convention includes the right to conscientious objection and the campaigners claim that this gives them the right not to pay other people to go to war on their behalf.
Their statement to the court said: "We want to make a positive contribution to society by paying our tax in full. We object in conscience to paying others to kill on our behalf, but current tax policy forces us to do just that."
The courtroom had to be enlarged to make room for supporters and the judge listened to the case for three hours.
Roy Prockter, an accountant and campaign member as well as a Quaker, said that the judge told them that "our case has no possibility of being resolved in the British courts". According to the Guardian, the judge suggested they take the case to Strasbourg. Roy said that the members were going to take time for reflection as they awaited the written judgment from the judge.
- Richard Norton-Taylor. "Judge rejects peace tax plea" — July 22, 2005
- Original reporting: telephone account from Peace tax Seven member Roy Prockter
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