Freedom of religion


Freedom in the world 2016

The world was battered by crises that fueled xenophobic sentiment in democratic countries, undermined the economies of states dependent on the sale of natural resources, and led authoritarian regimes to crack down harder on dissent. These developments contributed to the 10th consecutive year of decline...

Freedom in the world 2017

In 2016, populist and nationalist political forces made astonishing gains in democratic states, while authoritarian powers engaged in brazen acts of aggression, and grave atrocities went unanswered in war zones across two continents.

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.

Freedom of religion and belief in a multicultural democracy: an inherent contradiction or an achievable human right?

The Australian Human Rights Commission has, since mid 2007, been undertaking with its research partners the most comprehensive national analysis of freedom of religion and belief ever undertaken in Australia. This research has highlighted a number of important issues.

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...
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.

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...

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.