Posted by: becketfund | June 3, 2009

Azerbaijan: Repressive Religion Law Comes into Force

BAKU – A new repressive Religion Law and amendments to both the Criminal Code and the Administrative Code came into effect on May 31, Forum 18 reported on June 3.  Under the new law religious groups must re-register by January 1, 2010.  The law introduces increased censorship, new punishments for infractions against the law, and Parliamentary Deputy Fazi Gazanfarolgu Mustafaev informed Forum 18 that the new Religion Law will limit people’s rights to freedom of conscience.

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