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Religion and Human RightsAn Introduction$
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John Witte and M. Christian Green

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199733453

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199733453.001.0001

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The Right to Self-Determination of Religious Communities

The Right to Self-Determination of Religious Communities

(p.236) 14 The Right to Self-Determination of Religious Communities
Religion and Human Rights

Johan D. Van Der Vyver

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the right of religious communities to self-determination. It first outlines historical perspectives on the right to self-determination before turning to a discussion of the relationship between the right to self-determination and the principle of sphere sovereignty—the right of religious institutions to regulate and to administer their internal affairs without interference from external sources. It then considers the limitations of the right to self-determination and its relationship to the right to secession or political independence.

Keywords:   religious communities, self-determination, sphere sovereignty, religious institutions, secession, political independence

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