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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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Permissible Limitations on the Freedom of Religion or Belief

Permissible Limitations on the Freedom of Religion or Belief

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(p.254) 15 Permissible Limitations on the Freedom of Religion or Belief
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Religion and Human Rights
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T. Jeremy Gunn

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199733453.003.0015

This chapter examines permissible limitations on the freedom of religion or belief, with particular emphasis on the principal issues that arise under the limitations clauses of international human rights conventions and constitutions. It also considers the distinction between “absolute freedom of belief” and “limited freedom to manifest beliefs,” along with the standard three-step analysis of limitations clauses: the limitation must be “prescribed by law,” the limitation must be in furtherance of a legitimate state interest, and the limitation must be “necessary” (or “proportional”). Finally, it discusses the issue of proportionality in the analysis of limitations clauses.

Keywords:   freedom of religion, belief, limitations clauses, human rights, absolute freedom, limited freedom, proportionality

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