Religious Discrimination: A Bug infesting a Free Europe

What is Religion? This definition is of high significance in comprehending its importance in any society. It usually entails worship of and belief in a supreme being such gods or a personal God with a supernatural controlling power. Globally, it is essential to understand that Articles 18 of both the International Convent on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) protects everyone’s right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief. Thus, the international law prohibits any coercive action that seeks to recant, reveal, or change one’s belief or religion. However, it is worth noting that various discriminative practices that jeopardize freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) exist not only in Europe but also amongst other worldwide nations. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) through its reports unravel the existence of prejudices in workplaces, schools, and hospitals to mention a few based on one’s religious belief. Therefore, it is crucial to capture instances of Religious Discrimination in Europe that curtails believers of their fundaments right to FoRB.

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