Decision by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
about the case of OMO Ilinden of Pirin


October 17, 2007

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Ministers' Deputies
Decisions


CM/Del/Dec(2007)997 8 June 2007
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997th (DH) meeting, 5-6 June 2007
Decisions adopted at the meeting
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1007th DH meeting 17 October 2007
Section 4.2


Decisions

The Deputies,

1. took note of the continuing commitment of the Bulgarian authorities to ensure without further delay full implementation of these judgments of the Court, with a view to preventing any new violation of the freedom of association of the applicant organisations and their members;

2. took note of the concerns expressed by UMO Ilinden - Pirin relating to the problems it has encountered in obtaining a new registration as a political party, and in particular those due to the application in this process of new, more severe criteria foreseen by the new law on political parties, which the authorities could not have legally imposed in the absence of the violation of the Convention;

3. invited the Secretariat, in view of these particular problems, rapidly to examine, in co-operation with the Bulgarian authorities and the applicants, the avenues at the applicants' disposal with a view to obtaining the registration of UMO Ilinden - Pirin;

4. invited the Bulgarian authorities to continue to keep the Committee of Ministers informed of the progress made in the adoption and the implementation of the additional general measures required, in particular those concerning the awareness raising of the competent authorities concerning the problems raised in these judgments;

5. decided to resume consideration of all the measures necessary for the implementation of these judgments at their 1007th meeting (15-17 October 2007) (DH).

- 2 cases against Bulgaria
59489/00 United Macedonian Organisation Ilinden - Pirin and others, judgment of
20/10/2005, final on 20/01/2006
59491/00 United Macedonian Organisation Ilinden and others, judgment of 19/01/2006, final on 19/04/2006
CM/Inf/DH(2007)8

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1007th DH meeting 17 October 2007
Section 4.2


Decisions

The Deputies,

1. took note of the continuing commitment of the Bulgarian authorities to ensure without further delay full implementation of these judgments of the Court, with a view of preventing any new violation of the freedom of assembly of the applicant organisations and their members;

2. took also note with concern of the recent ban of one meeting of UMO Ilinden - Pirin by the local authorities, on grounds already incriminated by the Court, but noted in this respect with satisfaction that the meeting in question had nevertheless taken place, in particular following the intervention of the Agent of the Government;

3. invited the Bulgarian authorities, taking into account this incident, to take all necessary additional measures aimed at guaranteeing effectively the freedom of assembly of UMO Ilinden and the other applicants and to ensure the effectiveness of the domestic remedies in this respect;

4. invited the Bulgarian authorities to continue to keep the Committee of Ministers informed of the progress made in the adoption and implementation of the additional general measures required, in particular those concerning the awareness raising of the competent authorities concerning the problems raised in these judgments;

5. invited also the Bulgarian authorities to continue to keep the Committee of Ministers informed of the applicants' current situation, as regard the exercise of their freedom of assembly;

6. decided to resume consideration of all the measures necessary for the implementation of these judgments at their 1007th meeting (15-17 October 2007) (DH).

- 2 cases against Bulgaria
44079/98 United Macedonian Organisation Ilinden and Ivanov, judgment of
20/10/2005, final on 15/02/2006
6336/99 Ivanov and others, judgment of 24/11/2005, final on 24/02/2006

       
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