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THE TANDEM PROJECT
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 UNITED NATIONS, HUMAN RIGHTS,
FREEDOM OF RELIGION OR BELIEF

 The Tandem Project is a UN NGO in Special Consultative Status with the
Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

Separation of Religion or Belief and State

 

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process launched by the UN Human Rights Council in 2008 to review the human rights obligations and responsibilities of all UN Member States by 2011. http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/UPRMain.aspx

The Tandem Project supports the mandate and work of the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Universal Periodic Reviews are an opportunity to review how nations meet their human rights obligations and responsibilities to freedom of religion or belief. Each Universal Periodic Review is unique reflecting the national laws, religious and cultural norms of a country.

TANDEM FORUMS: are invitations to build global awareness of international human rights law on freedom of religion or belief at local levels as a follow-up to Universal Periodic Reviews.  Forums for Places of Worship, Academic Discourse, Schools, Women and Civil Society assess interest, exchange information and consider local partnerships within and between countries as best practice models for international human rights law on freedom of religion or belief. QUESTIONNAIRE

 

INTERNET COURSE: The Tandem Project Internet Course is an inter-active Community Manual on Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and Eight Articles of the 1981 U.N. Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief. There is a Country & Community Database for responding to questions in the Community Manual: http://www.tandemproject.com/databases/forms/card.htm

 


 

Viewers can browse the Table of Contents and select and respond to corresponding questions in the C&C Database on issues that interest them.

 

 

The Tandem Project
Internet Course
Freedom of Religion or Belief

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Foreword

4

Acknowledgements

4

United Nations History

5

The Community Manual

7

PART I: The Introductory Course

8

Introduction

8

Course Outline

8

Rules for Respectful Dialogue

9

Introduction

9

Adopt Group Rules

10

 

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Concepts and Methods

11

Concept: Freedom of Religion or Belief

11

Model: 1981 U.N. Declaration

21

Method: Monitoring the Articles

28

Databases: Resources & Information

33

Report: The Community Report

40

 

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PART II: The 1981 U.N. Declaration

47

Declaration History

47

Study Guideline

50

Model Databases

53

Types of Constitutions

55

Article 1: Legal Definition

60

1.1. Policy and Legal Framework

60

1.2. Coercion and Freedom to Choose

70

1.3. Limitations on Religion or Belief

75

Article 2: Classifying Discrimination

83

2.1. Four Categories

83

2.2. Two Definitions

89

Article 3: Link to Other Rights

92

3.1. Indivisibility of Human Rights

92

Article 4: Effective Measures

100

4.1. Fields of Civic Activity

100

4.2. Legislation and Regulations

106

Article 5: Parents, Children, State

109

5.1. Rights of Three Parties

109

5.1.1. Parents Right to Raise Children

110

5.1.2. Guiding Principles in Education

110

5.1.3. Childs Right to Protection

110

5.1.4. Best Interests of the Child

111

5.1.5. States Right to Protect Children

112

Article 6: Specific Freedoms

117

6.1 Nine Rights

117

6.1.1. Assemble, Maintain, Places of Worship

118

6.1.2. Charitable and Humanitarian Institutions

119

6.1.3. Materials for Rites and Ceremonies

120

6.1.4. Write and Disseminate Publications

121

6.1.5. Teach in Places Suitable for the Purpose

122

6.1.6. Solicit and Receive Contributions

123

6.1.7. Train, Elect and Appoint Leaders

124

6.1.8. Days of Rest, Holidays and Ceremonies

124

6.1.9. Establish and Maintain Communications

125

Article 7: National Legislation

131

7.1. Enacted and Available in Practice

131

7.1.1 Set Forth in Legislation

132

7.1.2 Available in Practice

132

Article 8: Existing Protections

136

8.1. International Bill of Human Rights

136

8.1.1 Restrict or Derogate

136

8.1.2 Conventions and Declarations.

137

PART III: The Community or Country Assessment Report

141

Community or Country Assessment Report Template

142

PART IV: Reference Documents

156

Abbreviated 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights

156

Article 18: International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

157

The 1981 U.N. Declaration on Freedom of Religion or Belief

159

U.N. Human Rights Committee: General Comment 22 on Article 18

163

Human Rights & Freedom of Religion or Belief.

167

Questionnaire: The Ultimate Meaning of Life

175

Case Study Worksheet

179

Global Resource Fields

183

Bibliography

189

 


 

The Tandem Project a non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in 1986 to build understanding, tolerance, and respect for diversity of religion or belief, and to prevent discrimination in matters relating to freedom of religion or belief. The Tandem Project has sponsored multiple conferences, curricula, reference material and programs on Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights- Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion – and the 1981 United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief.

Documents Attached: The Tandem Project Internet Course