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The religion of children seems to have been brought within the realm of the rights of their adult caretakers. As a result it is not clear to what extent Article 18 of the CCPR and equivalent provisions in other treaties apply to children. Parental rights with regard to the religion of their children have not been set aside however, and are explicitly added in the second paragraph of Article 14. Moreover, general comments and views on individual complaints by the Human Rights Committee relating to Article 18(1) and (3) of the CCPR may serve to guide the interpretation of Article 14(1) and (3) of the CRC. The most difficult issues however are those in which a child's freedom of thought, conscience and religion is opposed to the rights or interests of his or her parents or legal guardians. These situations are examined under Article 14(2).

Keywords: Article 14; CCPR; CRC



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