The European Convention on Human Rights provides that every natural or legal person is entitled to the peaceful enjoyment of his possessions and that no one may be deprived of his possessions except in the public interest and subject to the conditions provided for by law and by the general principles of international law1. This does not, however, in any way impair the right of a state to enforce such laws as it deems necessary to control the use of property2 in accordance with the general interest or to secure the payment of taxes or other contributions or penalties
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