ASIA/AZERBAIJAN - Seizures of religious literature at "unauthorized" retailers

Monday, 7 November 2016 religious freedom

Baku (Agenzia Fides) - On Friday, November 4 the State Committee for the work with religious organizations carried out a joint inspection with representatives of the Ministry of the Interior, in shops that sell religious books in several districts of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijani: the inspection - reports a statement issued by the departments - noted "irregularities" in at least 8 retailers, that had no required permits, and ordered the seizure of books, DVDs and CDs regarding religious topics.
In late October, the Azerbaijani Parliament adopted amendments to the law on freedom of religion with the aim of countering the activities of "extremist religious organizations" that operate on national territory without being registered with the relevant state bodies. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 07/11/2016)