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Freedom from Religion and Human Rights Law

Strengthening the Right to Freedom of Religion and Belief for Non-Religious and Atheist Rights-Holders...

Marika McAdam (Australia)



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12 December 2019
Although human rights belong to all persons on the basis of their humanity, this book demonstrates that in the practice of international human rights law, the freedom to be non-religious or atheist does not receive the same protection as the freedom to be religious. Despite the claimed universality of freedom of religion and belief contained in article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the key assertion made is that there is a hierarchy of religion and belief, with followers of major established religions enjoying high protection and low regulation at the top, and atheists and non-believers enduring high persecution and weaker protection at the bottom. The existence of this hierarchy is proven and critiqued through three case study chapters that respectively explore the extent to which non-religious and atheist rights-holders enjoy freedom from proselytism, freedom from hate and freedom from the religions of their parents.
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   360g
ISBN:   9780367886677
ISBN 10:   0367886677
Series:   Routledge Research in Human Rights Law
Pages:   192
Publication Date:  
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Marika McAdam is an independent legal consultant and adviser who has worked for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, the International Organization for Migration and the Nexus Institute among other organisations.

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