Azerbaijan, Jehovah’s Witnesses and “unapproved” religious literature

In two linked cases heard by the same panel of the Fifth Section ECtHR, the Court has held that the treatment by the domestic authorities in Azerbaijan of the Jehovah’s Witness community had violated their right to manifest their religion and their freedom of expression.

In Nasirov and Others v Azerbaijan [2020] ECHR 161, in March 2010 the first and second applicants were preaching door to door in an apartment block in Baku when they were arrested. Continue reading