The applicants are the Islam-Ittihad Association, an NGO with headquarters in Baku, which was active between 1991 and 2003, and Azer Samadov and Ilgar Allahverdiyev, Azerbaijani nationals who were born in 1961 and 1973 respectively and live in Baku. They were the association’s chairman and a member of its management board, respectively. The association’s main activities included the repair and maintenance of mosques, and it engaged in projects aimed at promoting respect for human rights and in a number of humanitarian activities. The case concerns the association’s forced dissolution, which was ordered by a district court in 2003 in proceedings brought by the Ministry of Justice.
The court found that the association had unlawfully engaged in religious activities and, despite three warnings by the Ministry, had failed to cease those activities. The decision was eventually upheld in July 2004.
The applicants complain that the forced dissolution of the association was unlawful and violated their rights, in particular, under Article 11 (freedom of assembly and association) of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Press release ECHR 322 (2014) 05/11/2014