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France and freedom of religion or belief

Recent news reports of tensions raised by the display of religious symbols have reignited debate on freedom of religion or belief.

Freedom of religion or belief is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (article 18) and reaffirmed in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (article 18) signed by over 160 States. In addition to freedom of religion, this right includes the right to adopt, change or abandon a religion or belief, or to profess no religion or belief.


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