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

EGMR: Tsartsidze and Others v. Georgia (no. 18766/04)

The applicants are 13 Georgian nationals who are all Jehovah’s Witnesses. The case concerned alleged harassment of Jehovah’s witnesses in Georgia. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Greek conscientious objector did not enjoy the necessary procedural safeguards in having his request for alternative civilian service examined

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Papavasilakis v. Greece (application no. 66899/14) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the authorities’ refusal to grant Mr Papavasilakis the status of conscientious objector and to allow him to do alternative civilian work instead of military service. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Thursday 15 September 2016 – Papavasilakis v. Greece (no. 66899/14)

The applicant, Leonidas Papavasilakis, is a Greek national who was born in 1988 and lives in Ikaria (Greece). The case concerns the authorities’ refusal to grant Mr Papavasilakis conscientious objector status and to allow him to carry out alternative civilian work instead of his military service. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Refusal to provide the Mersin and İzmir Jehovah’s Witnesses with an appropriate place of worship breached their right to freedom of religion

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Association for Solidarity with Jehovah Witnesses and Others v. Turkey (applications nos. 36915/10 and 8606/13) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 9 (right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the inability of the Mersin and İzmir Jehovah’s Witnesses to obtain an appropriate place in order to engage in worship. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Tuesday 24 May 2016 – Jehovah’s Witnesses Solidarity Association and Others v. Turkey (nos. 36915/10 and 8606/13)

The applicants are Hüseyin Sami Gül and Levent Sarkut, preachers and leaders of the congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses of the city of Mersin (Turkey), born in 1953 and 1952 respectively, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses Solidarity Association, established on 31 July 2007 to represent the Jehovah’s Witnesses community in Turkey. The case concerns the inability of Jehovah’s Witnesses in İzmir and Mersin to meet in an appropriate place in order to worship. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »