Azerbaijan, Baku, 31 October/ Trend , corr P. Aliyeva/ In 2008, about 1,200 harmful religious books were discovered in the south of Azerbaijan and part of them was burned down at the court decision, Miryahya Badirov, head of office of the State Committee for Work with Religious Associations (SCWRA) in the south said to Trend .
SCWRA has a list of banned religious books. The books instigating racial, religious troubles are banned to be published.
Banned religious books were discovered in 18 religious shops, libraries and private houses in 13 regions of south (Hajigabul, Shirvan, Sabirabad, Saatli, Salyan, Neftchala, Bilasuvar, Jalilabad, Masalli, Lankaran, Astara, Yardimli and Lerik) and as a result of raids in the check points of Bilasuvar and Astara.
Some of the banned religious books were sent to SCWRA for religious examination.
As many as 47 religious communities were granted registration in south in 2008 with 20 communities to be registered by the end of the year.
A total of 127 religious communities were registered in Azerbaijan in 2008.
As many as 60 communities functioned in south for the last five years.
There have been rise in the number of immigrants. He said control measures are being taken in this regard.
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