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{{Status of religious freedom}}
 
{{Status of religious freedom}}
 
[[File:Bejeweled Girl Portrait.jpg|thumb|180px|The [[hijab]] has faced [[Hijab by country|legal restrictions]] in some countries.]]
 
[[File:Bejeweled Girl Portrait.jpg|thumb|180px|The [[hijab]] has faced [[Hijab by country|legal restrictions]] in some countries.]]
'''Freedom of religion''' or '''Freedom of belief''' is a principle that supports the [[Political freedom|freedom]] of an individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or [[belief]] in [[religious education|teaching]], practice, [[worship]], and observance; the concept is generally recognized also to include the freedom to [[Religious conversion|change religion]] or [[Irreligion|not to follow any religion]].<ref>[[Universal Declaration of Human Rights]], Article 18.</ref> The freedom to ''leave'' or discontinue membership in a religion or religious group —in religious terms called "[[apostasy]]" — is also a fundamental part of religious freedom, covered by Article 18 of the [[Universal Declaration of Human Rights]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml |title=The Universal Declaration of Human Rights|publisher=The United Nations}}</ref>
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'''Freedom of religion''' or '''Freedom of belief''' is a principle that supports the [[Political freedom|freedom]] of an individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or [[belief]] in [[religious education|teaching]], practice, [[worship]], and observance; so long as any such practice does not involve "any activity or ... any act aimed at the destruction of any of the [other] rights and freedoms" contained within the UDHR. The concept is generally recognized also to include the freedom to [[Religious conversion|change religion]] or [[Irreligion|not to follow any religion]].<ref>[[Universal Declaration of Human Rights]], Article 18.</ref> The freedom to ''leave'' or discontinue membership in a religion or religious group —in religious terms called "[[apostasy]]" — is also a fundamental part of religious freedom, covered by Article 18 of the [[Universal Declaration of Human Rights]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml |title=The Universal Declaration of Human Rights|publisher=The United Nations}}</ref>
   
 
Freedom of religion is considered by many people and nations to be a [[fundamental rights|fundamental]] [[human right]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://usinfo.state.gov/dd/eng_democracy_dialogues/religion/religion_essay.html|title=The Evolution of Religious Liberty as a Universal Human Right|accessdate=5 December 2006|last=Davis|first=Derek H.|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20080201105738/http://usinfo.state.gov/dd/eng_democracy_dialogues/religion/religion_essay.html|archivedate=1 February 2008}} (archived from [http://usinfo.state.gov/dd/eng_democracy_dialogues/religion/religion_essay.html the original] on 1 February 2008).</ref><ref>{{cite book |url=http://books.google.com/books?id=5ANDmIIpAmwC&pg=PA29734|title=Congressional Record #29734 – 19 November 2003|publisher=Google Books|accessdate=3 September 2011}}</ref> In a country with a [[state religion]], freedom of religion is generally considered to mean that the government permits religious practices of other sects besides the state religion, and does not [[religious persecution|persecute]] believers in other faiths.
 
Freedom of religion is considered by many people and nations to be a [[fundamental rights|fundamental]] [[human right]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://usinfo.state.gov/dd/eng_democracy_dialogues/religion/religion_essay.html|title=The Evolution of Religious Liberty as a Universal Human Right|accessdate=5 December 2006|last=Davis|first=Derek H.|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20080201105738/http://usinfo.state.gov/dd/eng_democracy_dialogues/religion/religion_essay.html|archivedate=1 February 2008}} (archived from [http://usinfo.state.gov/dd/eng_democracy_dialogues/religion/religion_essay.html the original] on 1 February 2008).</ref><ref>{{cite book |url=http://books.google.com/books?id=5ANDmIIpAmwC&pg=PA29734|title=Congressional Record #29734 – 19 November 2003|publisher=Google Books|accessdate=3 September 2011}}</ref> In a country with a [[state religion]], freedom of religion is generally considered to mean that the government permits religious practices of other sects besides the state religion, and does not [[religious persecution|persecute]] believers in other faiths.
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