Emphasize the importance of the Article 1 as a bridge to the legally-binding Article 18 of the ICCPR and the 1981 U.N. Declaration. Explain how this is important for your community.



Paragraph 1.1: Policy and Legal Framework

Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have a religion or whatever belief of their choice, and freedom either individually or in community with others and in private or public to manifest their religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.

Write the article from your national constitution that relates to freedom of religion or belief. Summarize what this means for your community.



Paragraph 1.2: Coercion and Freedom to Choose

No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair their freedom to have a religion or belief of their choice.

Summarize your community research on coercion and freedom to choose. Be specific. Give examples if these issues impact minority and majority beliefs in your community.



Paragraph 1.3: Limitations on a Religion or Belief

Freedom of manifest one’s religion or belief may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect the public safety, order, health, morals or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.

Summarize your community research on the six limitations law, public safety, order, health, morals and fundamental freedoms. Pick 3-4 limitations and explain how they have impacted your community