During the past 2 years, the Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC) has been conducting free legal aid and strategic litigation programs for discriminated religious communities with the support of the Embassy of the United States and the Embassy of the Netherlands.
The purpose of the following document is to share information about the current cases related to violations of religious freedom and alleged religious discrimination litigated by EMC. The document includes short overview of the cases and arguments and updated information about case proceedings. As these cases reflect the gravest violations of religious freedom and reveal systemic problems, the cases and the corresponding policies of the state can be discussed as indicators of the situation in terms of religious freedom. The newsletter discusses 20 cases; the used legal mechanisms include the Constitutional Court (2 cases), criminal investigation (2 cases), courts (7 cases), and the Public Defender (3 cases). On the remaining 6 cases, EMC has submitted appeals to different public agencies.