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Freedom of Conscience and Religion: A Brief Reflection

Sumner B Twiss

in Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641444
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741104 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641444.003.0014
Freedom of Conscience and Religion: A Brief Reflection

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This chapter comments on the discussions in Chapters 10 and 11. It reflects on the formula used by all the relevant international documents: ‘freedom of thought, conscience, and religion’, and especially the meaning and linkage of the latter two. These reflections are offered in the spirit of trying to extend previous discussions and evident commitment to protecting religious liberty against unjustified restriction, coercion, or other intrusion. In short, the chapter seeks to remind us all of the core values protected by freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.

Keywords: freedom of thought; religious freedom; religious liberty

Chapter.  3790 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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