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Addressing rising restrictions on religion: law matters! - UNAOC, 5th Global Forum, Vienna 2013 (Break-out Session 1, Segment 1)
27 Feb 2013 -  What have States to do, to uphold the universal human right of freedom of religion, thought and conscience in a context of growing diversity and pluralism? The starting point for defining the application of freedom of religion or belief must be the self- understanding of human beings – thereby, the concept of human dignity is a normative reference. Against the backdrop of signifi- cant political changes in many countries, this break-out session will also elaborate on the relationship between constitutional protections and the various dimensions of the right to manifest one’s religion or belief.

Rapporteur: Heiner Bielefeldt
Moderator: Ibrahim Salama