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State Committee on Work with Religious Structures Deny Information about Religious Discrimination in Azerbaijan

Society Materials 16 October 2007 19:00

Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. E.Huseynli / State Committee on Work with Religious Structures denies the report by the US's State Department Bureau on Democracy, Human rights and Labour concerning the information about the freedom of religion.

The report contains unreliable sources about Azerbaijan. The information was ungrounded.

Separate religious organizations have not been registered, including religious Aliabada and Neftchala groups. The Azerbaijanis who adopted Christianity are negatively treated. Their children bearing Christian names fail to receive birth certificates, according to the US State Department's bureau.

The Aliabad Christian-Baptist religious group has not appealed to the State Committee due to registration.

The Christian-Baptist religious group of Neftchala appealed to the State Committee due to receive registration. However, the group's documents do not corresponding with the legislation of the State Committee. The State Committee rejected the appeal.

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