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Verbum et Ecclesia

versão On-line ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.33 no.1 Pretoria  2012

http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ve.33i1.516 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

 

Framework of communication needed to protect against human rights violations of individuals who exercise their right to religious freedom in minority religions

 

 

Stephanus P. Pretorius

Directorate of Student Admission and Registration, University of South Africa, South Africa

Correspondence

 

 


ABSTRACT

The right to religious freedom is generally believed to be the solution to religious intolerance and discrimination and to ensure world peace amongst world citizens. On an international level, the United Nations, through the appointment of a special rapporteur for freedom of religion and belief, has introduced a tool to monitor violations of this right. This tool is known as 'the framework of communications' and is focused mainly on the relationship between governments and religions. Unfortunately, religion is not excluded from the violation of human rights within its own ranks. This article pointed out that however pure the intention of freedom of religion, no real measures are in place to address violations of human rights in minority religions. Therefore, a tool is needed to investigate and address alleged violations within minority religions.


 

 

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