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Making Religion and Human Rights at the United Nations

Author: Helge Årsheim
Publisher: Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, [2018] ©2018
Series: Religion and Society, 67
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume examines the different and sometimes contradictory approaches of four UN human rights committees to the concept of religion. Drawing on critical perspectives from religious studies, the book combines a genealogical assessment of the role of religion in international law with a detailed textual study of the reporting practice of the committees monitoring racial discrimination, civil and political rights,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Helge Årsheim
ISBN: 9783110478068 3110478064
OCLC Number: 1046613480
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (323 pages).
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Part I: Making Religion --
Introduction --
1. The United Nations and Religion --
2. Making Religion --
3. Making Religion in International Law --
Part II: Monitoring Religion --
Introduction --
4. The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination --
5. The Human Rights Committee --
6. The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women --
7. The Committee on the Rights of the Child --
8. Legal Forms of Religious Life --
References --
Index.
Series Title: Religion and Society, 67
Responsibility: Helge Årsheim.
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Abstract:

This volume examines the different and sometimes contradictory approaches of four UN human rights committees to the concept of religion. Drawing on critical perspectives from religious studies, the book combines a genealogical assessment of the role of religion in international law with a detailed textual study of the reporting practice of the committees monitoring racial discrimination, civil and political rights, women's rights, and children's rights. Årsheim argues that the role of religion within the rights traditions monitored by the committees varies to the extent that their recommendations risk contradicting one another, thereby undermining their credibility and potential to bring about real change on the ground: Where some committees view religion singularly as a core individual right, others see religion partly as an inherent threat to the realization of other rights, but also as a potent social force to be reckoned with. In order to remedy this situation, Årsheim proposes the publication of a joint general comment by all the committees, spelling out their approach to the role of religion in the implementation of human rights.

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