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Part 3 Trends in Decision and Conditioning Factors: Claims Relating to Respect, Eleven Claims Relating to Freedom from Religious Discrimination

From: Human Rights and World Public Order: The Basic Policies of an International Law of Human Dignity (2nd Edition)

Myres S. McDougal, Harold D. Lasswell, Lung-chu Chen

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 July 2021

Freedom of expression — Freedom of thought, conscience, and religion — Right to non-discrimination

This chapter focuses on claims relating to freedom from religious discrimination. It begins with a factual background on discrimination based upon religious beliefs and expressions, which forms the basis for some of the most serious deprivations of civil and political rights. In particular, it considers religious discrimination in the areas of rectitude, power, enlightenment, well-being, affection, and respect. It then examines basic community policies on religious discrimination, highlighting the importance of individual freedom of inquiry and commitment to community consensus about shaping and sharing of values. It also discusses trends in the transformation of the concepts of religious toleration and freedom of religion into national prescription and practice before concluding with an analysis of the inclusive context of religious and other basic freedoms of belief.

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