EGMR: Altınkaynak and Others v. Turkey (no. 12541/06)

The six applicants, Erkin Altınkaynak (born in 1963, died in 2016), Meral Altınkaynak (born in 1965), Sibel Sahlimov (born in 1978), Hüsnü Bostan (born in 1978), Volkan Ataalp (born in 1969) and Sahire Melek Jones (born in 1958), are Turkish nationals who in September 2004 set up a foundation – Türkiye Yedincigün Adventistleri Vakfı (the Foundation of Turkish Seventh-day Adventists) – for the purpose of meeting the religious needs of Turkish and foreign Seventh-day Adventists living permanently or temporarily in Turkey. The case concerned the Turkish courts’ refusal to include the foundation in question in the official register on the grounds that domestic law did not allow foundations to serve the sole interests of members of a specific community. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Forthcomimg judgment on Tuesday 15 January 2019 – Altınkaynak and Others v. Turkey (no. 12541/06)

The six applicants, Erkin Altınkaynak (born in 1963, died in 2016), Meral Altınkaynak (born in 1965), Sibel Sahlimov (born in 1978), Hüsnü Bostan (born in 1978), Volkan Ataalp (born in 1969) and Sahire Melek Jones (born in 1958), are Turkish nationals who in September 2004 set up a foundation – Türkiye Yedincigün Adventistleri Vakfı (the Foundation of Turkish Seventh-day Adventists) – for the purpose of meeting the religious needs of Turkish and foreign Seventh-day Adventists living permanently or temporarily in Turkey. The case concerns the Turkish courts’ refusal to include the foundation in question in the official register on the grounds that domestic law does not allow foundations to serve the sole interests of members of a specific community. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: “Orthodox Ohrid Archdiocese (Greek-Orthodox Ohrid Archdiocese of the Peć Patriarchy)” v. “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (no. 3532/07)

The applicant, “Orthodox Ohrid Archdiocese”, since renamed “Greek-Orthodox Ohrid Archdiocese of the Peć Patriarchy”, is a non-registered religious association. The case concerned its complaint about the national authorities’ refusal to register it. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Thursday 16 November 2017 – “Orthodox Ohrid Archdiocese (Greek-Orthodox Ohrid Archdiocese of the Peć Patriarchy)” v. “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (no. 3532/07)

The applicant, “Orthodox Ohrid Archdiocese”, since renamed “Greek-Orthodox Ohrid Archdiocese of the Peć Patriarchy”, is a non-registered religious association. The case concerns its complaint about the national authorities’ refusal to register it. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

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 »

EGMR: Forthcoming Grand Chamber judgment – Păstorul cel Bun

The European Court of Human Rights will be delivering a Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Sindicatul ‘Păstorul cel Bun’ v. Romania (application no. 2330/09) at a public hearing on 9 July 2013 at 11 a.m. – local time – in the Human Rights Building, Strasbourg. The case concerns a union set up by members of the clergy and lay members of the Orthodox Church, and the refusal to register it as a trade union. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Grand Chamber hearing concerning refusal to register an Orthodox clergy trade union in Romania

The European Court of Human Rights is holding a Grand Chamber hearing today Wednesday 7 November 2012 at 9.15 a.m. in the case of Sindicatul Păstorul cel Bun v. Romania (application no. 2330/09). The case concerns a union set up by members of the clergy and lay members of the Orthodox Church, and the refusal to register it as a trade union. The hearing will be broadcast from 2.30 p.m. on the Court’s Internet site (www.echr.coe.int). After the hearing the Court will begin its deliberations, which will be held in private. Its ruling in the case will, however, be made at a later stage. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Case referred to the Grand Chamber concerning refusal to register an Orthodox clergy trade union in Romania

The following case has been referred to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights: Sindicatul Păstorul Cel Bun v. Romania (no. 2330/09), which concerns a union set up by members of the clergy and lay members of the Orthodox Church, and the refusal to register it as a trade union.  Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Fusu Arcadie and Others v. Republic of Moldova (no. 22218/06)

The applicants, Arcadie Fusu, Petru Botezat, Tatiana Rusu, Svetlana Covalciuc, GalinaBujor, Vera Boţoc, Vladimir Ţurcanu and Iacob Ciobanu, are eight Moldovan nationals who were born in 1964, 1949, 1965, 1959, 1952, 1937, 1951 and 1930, respectively, and live in Floreşti (the Republic of Moldova). Relying in particular on Article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion), the applicants complained about the authorities’ failure to register their church, a religious denomination of the Christian Orthodox Church subordinate to the Metropolitan Church of Bessarabia. The applicant church’s complaint is part of an ongoing conflict with another denomination of the Orthodox Church in Floreşti, subordinate to the Metropolitan Church of Moldova. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Refusal to register an Orthodox clergy trade union breached right to freedom of association

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case Sindicatul Păstorul cel Bun v. Romania (application no. 2330/09), which is not final, the European Court of Human Rights held, by a majority, that there had been a violation of Article 11 (freedom of assembly and association) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned a union set up by members of the clergy and lay members of the Orthodox Church, and its entry in the trade unions register. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »