Freedom of Religion or Belief: An International Law Commentary by Heiner BielefeldtFreedom of Religion or Belief: An International Law Commentary by Heiner Bielefeldt

Freedom of Religion or Belief: An International Law Commentary

byHeiner Bielefeldt, Nazila Ghanea, Michael Wiener

Paperback | August 12, 2017

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Violations of religious freedom and violence committed in the name of religion grab our attention on a daily basis. Freedom of religion or belief is a key human right: the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, numerous conventions, declarations and soft law standards includespecific provisions on freedom of religion or belief. The 1981 Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief has been interpreted since 1986 by the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. SpecialRapporteurs (for example those on racism, freedom of expression, minority issues and cultural rights) and Treaty Bodies (for example the Human Rights Committee, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the Committee on the Rights of the Child) have also elaborated on freedom ofreligion or belief in the context of their respective mandates. Freedom of Religion or Belief: An International Law Commentary is the first commentary to look comprehensively at the international provisions for the protection of freedom of religion or belief, considering how they are interpreted by various United Nations Special Procedures and Treaty Bodies.Structured around the thematic categories of the United Nations Special Rapporteur's framework for communications, the commentary analyses, for example, the limitations on the wearing of religious symbols and vulnerable situations, including those of women, detainees, refugees, children, minoritiesand migrants, through a combination of scholarly expertise and practical experience.
Dr Heiner Bielefeldt (Dr phil Tubingen, Habil Bremen, Dr h.c. Luzern) has been the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief since 2010. He is Professor of Human Rights and Human Rights Politics at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg. From 2003 to 2009, he was Director of Germany's National Human Rights Institu...
Title:Freedom of Religion or Belief: An International Law CommentaryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:704 pagesPublished:August 12, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

The Underlying Principles of Freedom of Religion or Belief - Towards a Holistic ConceptualizationOverview of International Human Rights MechanismsPart 1: Freedom of Religion or Belief1.1 Freedom to Adopt, Change or Renounce a Religion or Belief1.2 Freedom from Coercion1.3 Right to Manifest One's Religion or BeliefPart 2: Discrimination2.1 Discrimination on the Basis of Religion or Belief/Interreligious Discrimination/Tolerance2.2 State ReligionPart 3: Vulnerable Groups3.1 Women3.2 Persons Deprived of their Liberty3.3 Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Internally Displaced Persons3.4 Children3.5 Minorities3.6 Migrant WorkersPart 4: Intersection of Freedom of Religion or Belief with other Human Rights4.1 Freedom of Expression Including Questions Related to Religious Conflicts, Religious Intolerance, and Extremism4.2 Right to Life, Right to Liberty4.3 Prohibition on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or PunishmentPart 5: Cross-Cutting Issues5.1 Derogation5.2 Limitations5.3 Legislative Issues5.4 Defenders of Freedom of Religion or Belief and Non-Governmental Organizations