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Case of Stankov and the United Macedonian Organisation Ilinden v. Bulgaria
Author: European Court of Human Rights
Language: English
Source: European Court of Human Rights
Country: Bulgaria
Category: judgment/decision
Government level: International
Guiding principle: The inhabitants of a region in a country are entitled to form associations in order to promote the region┬┐s special characteristics. The fact that an association asserts a minority consciousness cannot in itself justify an interference with its rights under Article 11 of the Convention.The Court finds that the authorities overstepped their margin of appreciation and that the measures banning the applicants from holding commemorative meetings were not necessary in a democratic society, within the meaning of Article 11 of the Convention.
Date of judgement: 2001-10-2
Official version: yes
Legally binding: yes
Subject areas: freedom of assembly; freedom of association; freedom of opinion; identity; prohibition of assimilation; right of association
Minority groups: Macedonians

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