Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 9 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
The Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations supports amendments to increase the penalty for violating legislation on the freedom of religion.
"We believe that these amendments will contribute to the further improvement of the religious situation in the country," the committee told Trend.
Azerbaijan plans to increase fines for violating the legislation six times for individuals and up to 16 times for officials, Parliamentary Legal Policy and State-Building Committee Chairman Ali Huseynov said at a meeting yesterday.
Huseynov provided information about the bill of amendments to the Administrative Violations Code. According to the chairman, proposals include increasing the penalty for violating regulations concerning the creation of religious organizations and their compulsory activities.
Currently, the penalties envisaged by the code are 100-300 manat for individuals and 200-500 manat for officials. The new bill will increase these penalties to 1,500-2,000 manat and up to 7,000-8,000 manat, respectively.
After discussions, the bill was proposed for consideration in parliament.