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Part 3 Trends in Decision and Conditioning Factors: Claims Relating to Respect, Twelve Claims for Freedom from Discrimination because of Nonconforming Political Opinion

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

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

This chapter focuses on claims for freedom from discrimination because of nonconforming political belief. It starts with a factual background on deprivations imposed upon individuals owing to their political or other opinions. In particular, it considers political deprivations in relation to enlightenment, power, well-being, wealth, skill, affection, respect, and rectitude. It then examines basic community policies regarding the differential treatment of individual human beings entirely on the basis of political and other opinions, a practice that is clearly incompatible with the values of human dignity. It also discusses a range of prescriptions against discrimination on the basis of political or other opinions before concluding with an overview of future developments on freedom from political discrimination and persecution.

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