Freedom of religion or belief
         

This section provides access to a broad range of information on freedom of religion and belief throughout the OSCE region:

  • news on freedom of religion and belief;
  • OSCE commitments and statements pertaining to freedom of religion or belief;
  • instruments of international law pertaining to freedom of religion or belief;
  • court decisions pertaining to freedom of religion or belief;
  • background information on particular freedom of religion and belief issues.
Latest documents and publications
The Casey review : a review into opportunity and integration
Casey, Louise ; Department for Communities and Local Government
Published: London : Crown, 5 December 2016

ISBN 978-1-4098-4953-7

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Material type: report
Subject: integration - immigration - discrimination - education - employment - attitudes - media - religion - hate crime
Country coverage: United Kingdom

Concluding observations on the fourth periodic report of Azerbaijan
United Nations (UN). Human Rights Committee (HRC)
Published: Geneva : UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR), 4 November 2016

Meeting: Human Rights Committee (118th session : Geneva, 17 October - 4 November 2016)


Doc.no. CCPR/C/AZE/CO/4


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Material type: report about specific country/ies - recommendation
Subject: discrimination - sexual orientation - gender identity - disability - gender equality - detention - freedom of conscience - freedom of religion or belief - freedom of expression - freedom of assembly
Country coverage: Azerbaijan

Consolidated summary of the 2016 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
OSCE ODIHR
Published: Warsaw : ODIHR, 13 October 2016

Meeting: OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (20th : Warsaw, 19-30 September 2016)


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Material type: consolidated summary
Subject: human rights - tolerance - anti-discrimination - hate crime - racism - freedom of religion or belief - minority rights - gender equality - children's rights - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe - Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Country coverage: OSCE region





Key documents
Guidelines on the legal personality of religious or belief communities
ODIHR
4 February 2015
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Hate crime reporting website
ODIHR
17 June 2014
Guide on discrimination grounds
OSCE
2013
Ministerial Council decision no. 3/13 : freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief
OSCE
6 December 2013
Hate crimes in the OSCE region : incidents and responses - annual report for 2012
ODIHR
15 November 2013
Hate crimes in the OSCE region : incidents and responses - annual report for 2011
ODIHR
16 November 2012
Hate crimes in the OSCE region : incidents and responses - annual report for 2010
ODIHR
16 November 2011
Guidelines for educators on countering intolerance and discrimination against Muslims : addressing Islamophobia through education
ODIHR
28 October 2011
Toledo guiding principles on teaching about religions and beliefs in public schools
ODIHR
27 November 2007
Developed in co-operation with education experts, aimed at legislators and schools, these guidelines offer guidance on preparing curricula for teaching about religions and beliefs, preferred procedures and standards for assuring fairness in the development of curricula and their implementation.
Factsheet on the ODIHR Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief
ODIHR
2007
This factsheet outlines the main activities of the Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion and Belief which was set up by the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in 1997 to help protect the rights of individuals and religious groups.
Guidelines for review of legislation pertaining to religion or belief
ODIHR
28 September 2004
These guidelines were prepared by the ODIHR's Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief in consultation with the Council of Europe's Venice Commission to assist them in their analyses of laws and draft legislation pertaining to the freedom of religion or belief.
OSCE commitments on freedom of religion or belief
ODIHR
27 November 2000