550. Refusing to register an association.

A refusal to register an association in accordance with national law, thereby depriving individuals of any possibility of pursuing the aims of the association, is a restriction of the rights guaranteed by Article 111 and must be justified2. The same principles apply to a refusal to register a political party3. However, if the refusal to register an association does not preclude it from carrying out its activities and the authorities do not act arbitrarily, it is unlikely that Article 11 will be violated4. Delays and prevarication in registering an association5, and restrictions on the means of financing an association6,