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Freedom of religion

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Position paper

Freedom of religion in Australia: a focus on serious harms

This position paper is based on the AHRC's and the VEOHRC’s collective experience and research in the area of freedom of religion and human rights. In addition, the two Commissions convened joint roundtables in Sydney (11 June 2019) and Melbourne (27 June 2019) on the...
Discussion paper

Rights, morals, dignity: why defending religious freedom matters

This paper advances the argument that behind any rights claim lies a moral claim, and that this moral claim is essentially a claim about human dignity. The paper also argues that defending religious freedom is important because it amounts to defending fundamental claims people wish...
Report

Freedom in the world 2020

Freedom House has found that 2019 was the 14th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. The gap between setbacks and gains widened compared with 2018, as individuals in 64 countries experienced deterioration in their political rights and civil liberties while those in just 37...
Report

Human rights in Asia-Pacfic

This document includes a detailed analysis of human rights developments in 25 countries and territories from the Asia-Pacific region.
Report

Australian values and the enduring importance of the nation-state

This report, submitted to the Australian Senate inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy, contributes to the current debate about the role of national identity and international cooperation in Australian politics by placing Australia’s national values in their historic context, and arguing for their continued...
Submission

Religious Discrimination Bill: implications for universities

Innovative Research Universities (IRU) has submitted this response to the Australian government’s draft Religious Discrimination Bill 2019, which sets out to further protect and better promote freedom of religion.
Guide

Guide to the protections for freedom of religion

There are a number of protections for freedom of religion in Australian law. This guide outlines the options available for people who wish to make a complaint.
Report

Second interim report: Freedom of religion and belief, the Australian experience

This report examines some of the perceived problems associated with the reconciling of the exercise of freedom of religion with other human rights. It considers solutions and legislative reforms.
Report

Freedom in the world 2019

In 2018, Freedom in the World recorded the 13th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. The reversal has spanned a variety of countries in every region, from long-standing democracies like the United States to consolidated authoritarian regimes like China and Russia. The pattern is...
Report

Religious Freedom Review: report of the expert panel

In late 2017, an expert panel was established to examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion. This report was delivered to the Australian government in May 2018 and has now finally been released.
Policy report

A test of maturity: the liberal case for action on religious freedom

The right to religious freedom is not the only fundamental human right. It cannot therefore be absolute, but exists alongside other rights. How different rights and freedom coexist is one of the big questions facing our nation today.
Audio interview

Call for 'Religious Discrimination Act' fuels religious freedoms debate

Another round of 'culture wars' could be about to begin — with religious freedom the new flashpoint.
Report

Without fear or favour: practising your faith and your profession

In her 2018 Acton Lecture, Debra Mullins, a Supreme Court of Queensland judge, engaged with the increasing hostility confronting religious believers — particularly Christians — when they leave the privacy of their homes and venture into the public square. In particular, she examined the challenges...
Report

A report into religious liberty in Australia

This report, submitted to the Religious Freedom Review Expert Panel, aims to explain the fundamental principles underlying the concept of religious liberty, and to explain how the current methods and other proposals to protect this liberty are deficient or fail to achieve their goals.
Audio interview

How has same-sex marriage impacted on religious freedom in Ireland?

When Ireland legalised same-sex marriage in 2015, conservatives were concerned it would impact on religious freedom.
Report

Freedom in the world 2018

Political rights and civil liberties around the world deteriorated to their lowest point in more than a decade in 2017, extending a period characterized by emboldened autocrats, beleaguered democracies, and the United States’ withdrawal from its leadership role in the global struggle for human freedom.
Report

Legal foundations of religious freedom in Australia: interim report

This Interim Report focuses on the legal framework in Australia and its effectiveness in protecting religious freedom, drawing on the evidence received in the public hearings and in relevant submissions. The SubCommittee takes the view that it would be most appropriate to review and report...
Report

Social cohesion in Bendigo: understanding community attitudes to the mosque in 2015

This report, commissioned by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, examines the Bendigo mosque protests in 2016.
Report

Terror in the Name of God: confronting acts of religious violence in a liberal society

This paper sets out to examine some of the key problems religious violence poses for western, liberal societies.
Submission

ICV Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade - Inquiry into the status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief

This is the Islamic Council of Victoria's submission to the inquiry into the status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief.