European Court rejects Juma Mosque Congregation’s appeal against Azerbaijan

European Court rejects Juma Mosque Congregation’s appeal against Azerbaijan
# 05 March 2013 12:45 (UTC +04:00)

The court observes that the applicants have never raised this complaint with domestic authorities. It follows that this part of the applicants’ complaints must be rejected under Article 35 paragraphs 1 and 4 of the Convention for non-exhaustion of domestic remedies. The Court considers that the eviction of the congregation from the building, which they had no legal right to use, can not be regarded as groundless interference in the right of freedom of religion. It follows that it is inadmissible under Article 35 paragraph 3 as manifestly ill-founded and must be rejected pursuant to Article 35 paragraph 4 of the Convention.

The Juma Mosque Congregation and its members have made a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights that the Congregation has not been registered and evicted from the mosque in Icheri Sheher. After the establishment of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations in 2002, all the registered religious communities were demanded to appeal for re-registration.

In January, 2004, the Juma Mosque Congregation appealed to the state committee for re-registration, but the State Committee demanded additional documents for registration, because the constituent documents are not in line with the legislation.

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