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Nazila Ghanea: Are Religious Minorities Really Minorities?

This article will argue that although, historically, religious minorities were the primary trigger for the institutionalization of the international framework of minority rights, they have long since been sidelined from its protections. This sidelining is evident in a variety of international human rights norms and mechanisms, the focus below being on the jurisprudence of the UN Human Rights Committee. The article offers a number of explanations for this diversion of religious minorities away from the international minority rights regime. It also argues for a cautious reintegration of religious minorities within the minority rights regime after having sought understanding with regard to some issues of concern.

Spesialrapportør Bielefeldt dec 2013


Lindholm Tore: Durham, W. Cole; Tahzib-Lie, Bahia; Sewell, Elizabeth A.; Larsen, Lena (2004): Facilitating Freedom of Religion or Belief: A Deskbook. Kluwer Academic Publishers.