The applicants are A.O. Falun Dafa, A.O. Qigong Falun Gong Moldova, Tatiana Chiriac and Dumitru Roman. The first two are organisations registered in the Republic of Moldova. The last two are Moldovan and Romanian nationals who were born in 1970 and 1965 respectively and live in Chișinău. They are the presidents and founders of the first two applicant organisations. The case concerns the banning of the applicant organisations’ symbols, which resemble a swastika, followed by their dissolution. The applicants rely on Articles 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion) and 11 (freedom of assembly and association) of the European Convention.
- Violation of Article 9
- Violation of Article 11
- Non-pecuniary damage: € 4,500.
- Costs and expenses: € 1,500
Press release ECHR 202 (2021) 29.06.2021