The Human Rights of Religious Associations

Julian Rivers

in The Law of Organized Religions

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199226108
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594243 | DOI:
The Human Rights of Religious Associations

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This chapter provides an historical and systematic account of the human rights of religious associations. Against the background of diverse ways in which international law engages with religion, it traces the development from individual to collective rights in the Krishnaswami Report, under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966 and other international and regional instruments, and in the work of the Human Rights Committee and the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief among others. However, the main focus is on the contribution of the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights, the case law of which on religious associations is extensively covered and subjected to critique in terms of ten categories of right. It concludes that in spite of a new and substantial body of emerging European human rights law, some other international commitments are more extensive.

Keywords: international law; human rights; religious associations; collective rights; European Court of Human Rights; Krishnaswami Report

Chapter.  18785 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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