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Part 3 Vulnerable Groups, 3.4 Children

From: Freedom of Religion or Belief: An International Law Commentary

Heiner Bielefeldt, Nazila Ghanea, Michael Wiener

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 16 July 2024

Religion — Freedom of association — Freedom of expression — Freedom of thought, conscience, and religion — Minorities — Human rights remedies — Children, rights — Rape and sexual violence

This chapter examines the right of the child to religious freedom. The Convention of the Rights of the Child confirms the status of each individual child as a rights holder, including in the area of freedom of religion or belief. At the same time, the child needs a facilitating environment usually provided by the family. Parents have rights and duties to provide direction to the child in the exercise of his or her freedom of religion or belief in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child. This has practical implications for religious socialization within the family and/or community, religious education in the school, participation or non-participation in religious community activities, the prevention of harmful practices, and other areas.

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