Legitimate Limitations on the Freedom of Religion or Belief
Through an appointed expert-group, the OC studies the legitimate limitations on FoRB and make recommendations to policy-makers on limiting the scope of their application.
The freedom to manifest one’s religion or belief in practice may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect a short list of legitimate aims. However, authorities often lack a clear understanding of FoRB, and resort to the limitation clauses to define it, leading to arbitrary and discriminatory restrictions.
There is a pressing need to clarify the role of limitations on FoRB, to ensure that freedom is the norm, not the exception. The OC has formed an expert group to study legitimate limitations on FoRB and make recommendations to policy-makers on limiting the scope of their application.