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A new edition has been published, the details can be seen here:
Religion, Secular Beliefs and Human Rights 2nd ed isbn 9789004232150

Religion, Secular Beliefs and Human Rights: 25 Years After the 1981 Declaration

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ISBN13: 9789004152090
ISBN: 9004152091
New Edition ISBN: 9789004232150
Published: May 2006
Publisher: Brill Nijhoff
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

Religion, and beliefs related to religion, are today a central factor in international life and politics. International law, and human rights law in particular, have to take into consideration the religious dimension, and have done it to some extent. A body of positive law has already been developed for the protection of freedom of religion, and from religion, by the U.N. and regional organizations. This book, incorporating previously published as well as unpublished materials, discusses the legal meaning of religion and belief, the U.N. work in this respect, religious minorities, relevant regional and special arrangements, the issues of proselytism, religion and terrorism, the use of religious symbols, international criminal law, and some particular situations, such as the state and religious communities in Israel and this country's agreement with the Holy See. Law schools, human rights scholars and activists, and international organizations will find interest in the book.

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Human Rights and Civil Liberties
1. Introduction;
2. The Legal Meaning of Religion and Belief;
3. Religious Human Rights under the United Nations;
4. The 1992 UN Declaration on Minorities;
5. Regional Protection and Special Arrangements;
6. Protecting Religious Groups and Communities;
7. Proselytism and Change of Religion;
8. Religion and terrorism;
9. A Secular View of Human Rights;
10. Religious symbols: How Wide the Margin of Appreciation? The Turkish Headscarf Case, the Strasbourg Court, and Secularist Tolerance;
11. State and Religious Communities: the Case of Israel;
12. Bilateral arrangements: The Holy See and Israel;
Concluding remarks.