Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 17 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
Azerbaijan issued certificates to another 28 religious communities that passed re-registration.
In this regard, State Committee for Working with Religious Associations Chairman Hidayat Orujov handed the certificates over to the representatives of the religious communities.
Three of these communities are non-Islamic. This is a Jewish religious community of the Sumgayit city, the religious community of Christians Molokan of the Sumgait city and Christian religious community of "New Life".
About 90 communities have already passed re-registration and seven of them are non-Islamic.
The Azerbaijani parliament adopted additions and amendments to the law on "Freedom of Religion" at the last parliamentary session.
According to the additions, Article 18 of the Azerbaijani Constitution bans the spread and propaganda of religions humiliating human dignity or contradicting principles of humanity. All religious communities can act only after they have been registered with the relevant bodies of the executive power and included in the state register of religious organizations.
Roughly 102 religious communities, including 101 Islamic and one Jewish religious community, were registered in Azerbaijan in 2008. The number of religious organizations has reached 534 in Azerbaijan.
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