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Eviction of Ukrainian Orthodox Church from a church and chapel demolition. Rejection due to lack of risk of irreparable damage to a fundamental right.

JUDGMENT «Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate in Crimea» v. Russia 01.09.2020 (app. 33931/19 and 33585/20). Interim Measures SUMMARY Eviction from a church and demolition of a chapel. Application for temporary measures by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Crimea, so that the Russian authorities do not evict them from the cathedral in Simferopol and […]

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The birth certificate, which implied that the child had not been baptized, violated the family’s right not to disclose their religious beliefs.

JUDGMENT Stavropoulos and others v. Greece 25.06.2020 (no. 52484/18) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the practice of certain registry offices in Greece indicating on birth certificates when a child is named by a civil act. Stavroula-Dorothea Stavropoulou and her parents, the applicants in the case, complained in particular that the handwritten note “naming” on […]

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Provision of meals to Jewish prisoners according to their religion. Respect for their religious freedom by the state authorities

JUDGMENT Erlich and Kastro v. Romania 09.06.2020 (no. 23735/16 and 23740/16) see here  SUMMARY The case concerned the provision of kosher meals to two Israeli prisoners of Jewish faith detained in a Romanian prison. The applicants complained of the failure of the Rahova Prison authorities to provide them with meals complying with the precepts of […]

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Denying the request for conscientious objection to a claimant who did not provide sufficient evidence was in accordance with the ECHR.

JUDGMENT Dyagilev v. Russia 10.3.2020 (no. 49972/16) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the procedure in Russia for examining requests to replace compulsory military service with its civilian alternative. The applicant in the case, a recent graduate, complained that the authorities had refused his request because they found that he was not a genuine pacifist. […]

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Jehovah’s Witnesses are entitled to preach their religion and distribute their books. Illegal detention

JUDGMENT Nasirov and others v, Azerbaijan  20.02.2020 (no. 58717/10) see here   SUMMARY The applicants are nationals of Azerbaijan and Jehovah’s Witnesses. All the applicants were transferred to police stations after attempting to preach door to door on their religion, and were held administratively without official registration for at least 3 hours because of distributing religious […]

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Greece’s condemnation as students’ parents were being forced to sign a statement that they were not Christian Orthodox in order for their children to exempt from religious education classes, revealing their religious faith

JUDGMENT Papageorgiou and others v. Greece  31.10.2019 (no. 4762/18 and 6140/18) see here SUMMARY The case concerned compulsory religious education in Greek schools. The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 2 of Protocol No. 1 (right to education) to the European Convention on Human Rights, interpreted […]

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

JUDGMENT Mushfig Mammadov and others v. Azerbaijan 17.10.2019 (no. 14604/08) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the applicants’ refusal on religious grounds to serve in the army. The Court observed that the criminal prosecutions and convictions of the applicants on account of their refusal to perform military service had stemmed from the fact that there […]

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Ban on converting a public building into a place of worship for a religious group. The prohibition is justified due to violations of urban planning legislation.

JUDGMENT Pantelidou v. Greece 10.10.2019 (no. 36267/19) see here  SUMMARY Transformation of a public property into a place of worship and the right to religious freedom. The applicant, who is a member of the Church of True Orthodox Christians, alleged that her right to religious was  violated  because it was forbidden for her religious community to […]

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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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