Article 9

Failure to issue a city council decision authorizing a community of Jehovah’s Witnesses to rebuild a worship site violated their religious freedom.

JUDGMENT  Religious Community of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Kryvyi Rih’s Ternivsky District v. Ukraine (no. 21477/10) 03.09.2019  see here SUMMARY Licensing to a community of Jehovah’s Witnesses to rebuild their place of worship. Failure to take legal action by the city council. The applicant community of Jehovah’s Witnesses has appealed before the domestic courts to declare as […]

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Dismissed priests and religious freedom. An important Court decision ..

JUDGMENT Tothpal and Szabo v. Romania 19.02.2019 (no. 28617/13 and 50919/13) see here SUMMARY The case concerned a conviction for unlawful exercise of pastoral duties. State measures in favour of the leader of a divided religious community or geared to forcing that community to combine under a single leader amounted to an infringement of freedom of religion. In […]

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Religious organizations have the right to freedom of assembly

JUDGMENT  Bektashi Community and others v. “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” 12.04.2018 (νο. 48044/10, 75722/12 and 25176/13) see here SUMMARY  Religious Union has demanded recognition of its continued legal status under the new legislation and its request was rejected by the national courts. Infringement of Article 11 (freedom of assembly) in the light of Article […]

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ιδιωτική ζωή

Psychiatric hospital infringed patient’s right to privacy and right to freedom of religion

JUDGMENT  Mockutė v. Lithuania  27.02.2018 (no.  66490/09) see here   SUMMARY  Hospitalization for psychiatric disorders against the patient’s will. A documentary about her medical file with the use of a pseudonym. Doctor of the Psychiatric Hospital revealed sensitive confidential information and information to her journalists about her illness, which had the effect of interfering with […]

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ιδιωτική ζωή

The forced relocation of a family due to neighborly ethnic assaults violates the right to privacy.

JUDGMENT  Alković v. Montenegro 5.12.2017 (no. 66895/10) see here   SUMMARY  Ethnic and religious attacks on a Roma-Muslim and his child by their neighbors. Shots, threats and crosses at his door, forced the family to move. Ineffective research. Violation of the right to respect for privacy in conjunction with a breach of the prohibition of discrimination. […]

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Θρησκευτική Ελευθερία

Convicting a witness of contempt of court for refusing to remove his skullcap was not necessary in a democratic society

JUDGMENT Hamidović v. Bosnia and Herzegovina 5.12.2017 (no. 57792/15) see here   SUMMARY  Refusal of a witness to remove his skullcap in the courtroom by order of the judge, as religious symbols were forbidden. Sentenced to a fine for disrespect of the court. The punishment imposed on him was not necessary in a democratic society. […]

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military service

The alternative military service for conscientious objectors must have purely political character and not military nature.

JUDGMENT  Adyan and others v. Armenia 12/10/2017 (no. 75604/11) see here SUMMARY  Jehovah’s Witnesses and Military Service. Refusal to perform a military service or an alternative civil service. The right to conscientious objection is enshrined in Article 9 of the ECHR. The alternative military service should be purely political in nature and completely separated from the […]

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Θρησκευτική Ελευθερία

The refusal to register a religious organization contrary to the ECHR

JUDGMENT  “Orthodox Ohrid Archdiocese (Greek-Orthodox Ohrid Archdiocese of the Peć Patriarchy)” v. “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (no. 3532/07) see here   SUMMARY  The Orthodox Archbishopric of Ohrid (the Greek Orthodox Archbishopric of Ohrid of the Patriarchate of Peć), a religious organization, filed a complaint before the ECtHR denouncing the refusal of the national authorities […]

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