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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a child-specific treaty and Article 14 provides for the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Article 14(2) on the evolving capacities of the child appears to be the guiding principle, along the substantive issues of freedom of choice, freedom of manifestation, and education. The key actors are the child, the parents and the state, and the text of Article 14 suggests that there are various sets of relationships. This chapter only considers the right to religious freedom as a human right and the tensions underlying Article 14 (2). In addition, it is essential to see how the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee) has interpreted the text of Article 14. The Committee is very firm on the right of children to choose the religion of their choice.

Keywords: Article 14; children; religious freedom; UNCRC



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