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Although the constitution guarantees religious freedom and Azeris are free to convert to other faiths, the government maintains control through strict regulations of the three major faiths. It has applied the rules strictly against churches and mosques.
“There are burdensome registration requirements for religious groups that the government enforced,” the State Department said in its latest report, which covered 2011. “Legislation passed during the year increased restrictions on religious groups.”
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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