and that a campaign against the party had been ongoing since then. Eventually, the Bulgarian courts approved a ban on the political activities of Ilinden. The ECHR immediately invoked Article 11 and the fundamental and essential contribution that a diversity of political parties makes to democratic life. “The Court has often referred to the essential role played by political parties in ensuring pluralism and democracy, associations formed for other purposes, including those protecting cultural or spiritual heritage, pursuing various socio-economic aims, proclaiming or teaching religion, seeking an ethnic identity or asserting a minority consciousness, are also important to the proper functioning of democracy.” Moreover, the ECHR asserted categorically that to advocate autonomy is not to advocate violence: However, the mere fact that a group of persons calls for autonomy or even requests secession of part of a country’s territory – thus demanding fundamental constitutional and territorial changes – cannot automatically justify interferences with their rights under Article 11. Expressing separatist views and demanding territorial changes in speeches, demonstrations, or program documents does not amount per se to a threat to a country’s territorial integrity and national security. The Legal History and Significant Case Law of Resolution.
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