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The International Human Right to Freedom of Conscience
Some Suggestions for Its Development and Application

ISBN 9781138734227
Published January 15, 2019 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

This title was first published in 2002: This text addresses the problem of conflict that arises between the human right to freedom of religion and the human right to freedom of belief, for example, certain religious beliefs are in conflict with certain women's rights. The pricipal goal of this book is to distinguish between the more formalized, and recognized, notion of protecting religious beliefs from what is referred to as conscientious beliefs - a belief external to a religious context.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements -- Selected Abbreviations -- 1 Introduction -- 2 A Brief History of the Development of the Right to Conscience -- Early Developments -- Later Developments -- The Emergence of Conscience as Separate from Religion -- Post World War One -- Conclusion -- 3 Analysis of the Treaties and Other Documents -- Introduction -- International Treaties -- UDHR, Article 18 -- ICCPR, Article 18 -- Regional Treaties -- ECHR, Article 9 -- AmCHR, Article 12 -- AfrCHR, Article 8 -- Other Significant Documents -- Declaration on the Elimination of all Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief -- Documents Referring to the Right to Conscience -- Conclusion -- 4 The Forum Internum -- Introduction -- The Notion of a 'Right' and its Implications -- The Internal and External Right to Conscience -- Mill and the Forum Internum -- Dimensions of the Forum Internum -- Identification Problems -- The Broad Scope of the Forum Internum -- Analogy to Forum Externum -- Freedom To -- Freedom From -- Significance for the Forum Internum -- Forum Internum and Conscience -- Dual Notion o /Torum Internum Beliefs -- Development and Meaning of Conscience -- Understanding Conscience -- Conscience and Moral A ction -- Conscience and Thought -- Conclusion -- 5 The Forum Externum -- Introduction -- Forum Internum and Forum Externum Compared -- Defining'Belief -- Introduction -- Narrow Approach Towards Conscientious Belief -- Conscience and Religion -- Distinctions Between Religion and Conscience -- The Negative, Freedom From, Aspect -- Conscience and Freedom of Expression and Assembly -- Distinctions Between Expression, Assembly and Conscience -- Broader Approach -- Limitations -- Conclusion -- 6 Military Conscientious Objection -- Introduction -- Military Conscientious Objection and Customary Law -- Sources Within the Treaties -- Recognition in International For a -- Decisions -- Declarations and Resolutions -- State Practice -- Selective Conscientious Objection -- Selective Objection in Resolutions and Declarations -- Addressing the Problems -- Current Examples of Selective Conscientious Objection -- Right to Asylum for Military Conscientious Objectors -- Direction for the Selective Conscientious Objector -- Objection to Nuclear Weapons -- Conclusion -- 7 Conscientious Objection to Taxes -- Introduction -- Tax Objection -- Church Tax -- Public Support Schemes -- Objection to Military Tax -- Military Tax as a Unique Objection? -- Conclusion -- 8 Proposing a Group-Oriented Approach to the Right to Conscience -- Introduction -- Some General Points Regarding Group Beliefs -- Introduction -- Reference to the Treaties -- Group Beliefs Defined -- Group and Individual Conflicts -- Forum Internum and New Religious Movements -- Conclusion -- 9 Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Name Index -- Subject Index.

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Political Studies Department Ramal Gan Law College Bar flan University, Israel.