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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Limitations on religions freedom have 'chilling effect'

New Europe: Freedom of religion or belief has a broad scope of application. It protects theistic, non-theistic and atheistic beliefs, as well as the right not to profess any religion or belief. It also includes members of newly established communities, minority groups as well as minorities within minorities. In addition, protection must also be accorded to those who have exercised, or wish to exercise, the right to change their religious affiliation, which constitutes an inherent and essential part of everyone’s freedom of religion or belief.

Small communities, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baha’is, Ahmadis, Falun Gong and others are sometimes stigmatized as “cults” and frequently meet with societal prejudices which may escalate into fully fledged conspiracy theories.

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