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Regional Protection and Special Arrangements

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This chapter addresses the protection extended to rights related to religion by the main regional systems of human rights. Regional affinities are an important element in the development of such systems. Although not a regional system in a geographical sense, the approach of Islam to religious human rights is discussed. The literature on the European system for the protection of human rights, including religious rights, is vast. The regional American system for the protection of human rights is based on the obligations emanating from the 1960 Convention on Human Rights. The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights is an important source when determining the human and religious rights of Africans. The chapter explains two leading cases related to proselytism: Kokkinakis and Larissis. It ends by mentioning unilateral statements or declarations that have greatly influenced religious human rights.

Keywords: America; Europe; Islam; regional systems; religious human rights



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