EGMR: Refusal by authorities to register Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as a religious association breached the Convention

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Metodiev and Others v. Bulgaria (application no. 58088/08) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 9 (freedom of religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights construed in the light of Article 11 (freedom of association). Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Thursday 15 June 2017 – Metodiev and Others v. Bulgaria (no. 58088/08)

The applicants are 31 Bulgarian nationals, who are Ahmadi Muslims, a religious movement aligned with the Sunni tradition. The case concerns the refusal by the authorities to register a new religious association called the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as a denomination. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Refusal of Bulgarian authorities to register an association promoting the rights of the Muslim minority was not “necessary in a democratic society”

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of National Turkish Union and Kungyun v. Bulgaria (application no. 4776/08) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 11 (freedom of assembly and association) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the refusal of the Bulgarian authorities to register an association promoting the rights of the Muslim minority in Bulgaria. Referring back to its case-law, the Court found that there was no “pressing social need” to require any association wishing to pursue political aims to constitute a political party if it was not the intention of the founders to take part in elections. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Thursday 8 June 2017 – National Turkish Union and Kungyun v. Bulgaria (no. 4776/08)

The applicants are the association the National Turkish Union, and Menderes Mehmet Kungyun, a Bulgarian national who was born in 1950 and lives in Kazanlak. Mr Kungyun, a founder member and president of the association, complains of the Bulgarian authorities’ refusal to register the association. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Church of Scientology of St Petersburg and Others v. Russia (no. 47191/06)

The applicants in this case are the Church of Scientology of St Petersburg, an unincorporated group of Russian citizens formed for the collective study of Scientology, and six members of this group: Galina Shurinova, Nadezhda Shchemeleva, Anastasiya Terentyeva, Ivan Matsitskiy, Yuliya Bryntseva, and Galina Frolova, Russian nationals, born in 1954, 1955, 1979, 1975, 1977, and 1955 respectively. The case concerned their complaint about the authorities refusing to register their Scientology group as a legal-entity. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Thursday 2 October 2014 – Church of Scientology of St Petersburg and Others v. Russia (no. 47191/06)

The applicants in this case are the Church of Scientology of St Petersburg, an unincorporated group of Russian citizens formed for the collective study of Scientology, and six members of this group: Galina Shurinova, Nadezhda Shchemeleva, Anastasiya Terentyeva, Ivan Matsitskiy, Yuliya Bryntseva, and Galina Frolova, Russian nationals, born in 1954, 1955, 1979, 1975, 1977, and 1955 respectively. The case concerns their complaint about the authorities refusing to register their Scientology group as a legal entity. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Refusal to register a trade union for priests on account of the autonomy of religious communities – Păstorul cel Bun

In today’s Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Sindicatul “Păstorul cel Bun” v. Romania (application no. 2330/09), which is final, the European Court of Human Rights held, by a majority, that there had been no violation of Article 11 (freedom of assembly and association) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the refusal by the Romanian State of an application for registration of a trade union formed by priests of the Romanian Orthodox Church. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »