EGMR: Lack of civilian service as an alternative to military service precluded recognition of conscientious objection, in breach of the Convention

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Mushfig Mammadov and Others v. Azerbaijan (application no. 14604/08) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 9 (right to freedom of conscience, thought and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the applicants’ refusal on religious grounds to serve in the army. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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EGMR: Forthcoming judgement on Thursday 17 October 2019 – Mushfig Mammadov and Others v. Azerbaijan (nos. 14604/08, 45823/11, 76127/13, and 41792/15)

The applicants, Mushfig Faig oglu Mammadov, Samir Asif oglu Huseynov, Farid Hasan oglu Mammadov, Fakhraddin Jeyhun oglu Mirzayev and Kamran Ziyafaddin oglu Mirzayev, are five Azerbaijani nationals who were born in 1983, 1984, 1987, 1993 and 1994 respectively and live in Baku and Ganja (in the case of Mr Fakhraddin Jeyhun oglu Mirzayev) (Azerbaijan). All five state that they are Jehovah’s Witnesses. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Religious Community of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Kryvyi Rih’s Ternivsky District v. Ukraine (no. 21477/10)

The applicant community is the Religious Community of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Kryvyi Rih, Ternivsky District, Dnipropetrovsk Region. The case concerned the community’s complaint that it had not been able to construct a building for worship on land it had purchased owing to the domestic authorities’ inactivity. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Tuesday 3 September 2019 – Religious Community of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Kryvyi Rih’s Ternivsky District v. Ukraine (no. 21477/10)

The applicant community is the Religious Community of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Kryvyi Rih, Ternivsky District, Dnipropetrovsk Region. The case concerns the community’s complaint that it was not able to construct a building for worship on land it had purchased owing to the domestic authorities’ inactivity. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EuGH: Eine Religionsgemeinschaft wie die der Zeugen Jehovas, ist gemeinsam mit ihren als Verkündiger tätigen Mitgliedern für die Verarbeitung der personenbezogenen Daten verantwortlich, die im Rahmen einer von Tür zu Tür durchgeführten Verkündigungstätigkeit erhoben werden

Die im Rahmen einer solchen Tätigkeit erfolgenden Verarbeitungen personenbezogener Daten müssen mit den unionsrechtlichen Vorschriften über den Schutz personenbezogener Daten im Einklang stehen. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Shortcomings in Armenian alternative to military service for conscientious objectors before 2013

The case Adyan and Others v. Armenia (application no. 75604/11) concerned four Jehovah’s Witnesses who were convicted in 2011 for refusing to perform either military or alternative civilian service because of their religious beliefs. Before both the local authorities and the courts, they argued that, even though domestic law did provide for an alternative to military service, it was not of a genuinely civilian nature, as it was supervised by the military authorities. They were released from prison in 2013 following a general amnesty. They served more than two years of their prison sentence. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

Nordrhein-Westfalen: Verordnung zur Verleihung der Rechte einer Körperschaft des öffentlichen Rechts an die Religionsgemeinschaft Jehovas Zeugen in Deutschland

Der Religionsgemeinschaft Jehovas Zeugen in Deutschland, K.d.ö.R. mit Sitz in Berlin werden im Anschluss an die Verleihung der Körperschaftsrechte durch das Land Berlin für das Gebiet des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen im Wege der Zweitverleihung die Rechte einer Körperschaft des öffentlichen Rechts verliehen. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen