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European Court of Human Rights: Vartic v. Romania- Violation of Article 9

European Court of Human Rights says that the refusal of vegetarian diet to Buddhist prisoner violated his right to freedom of religion or belief.

In Vartic v. Romania, (ECHR, Dec.17, 2013),the European Court of Human Rights, in a Chamber judgment, held that a Buddhist prison inmate’s rights of religion and conscience protected by Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, were infringed when Romanian officials refused to provide him with a vegetarian diet:

…[D]espite the margin of appreciation left to the respondent State, the Court finds that the authorities failed to strike a fair balance between the interests of the prison authorities and those of the applicant, namely the right to manifest his religion through observance of the rules of the Buddhist religion.

İlgili Makaleler

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