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This chapter examines the approach of the European Court of Human Rights to the right of the child to religious freedom, mostly under Article 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). The first limb of Article 9(1) provides for an absolute right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, whereas the second limb of the article adds a qualified right to manifest one's religion or beliefs. Article 9 applies to 'everyone', including children. Article 9 does not protect the manifestation of every aspect of a person's conscience but embraces only those manifestations which are based upon the range of beliefs that are held to be akin to religious convictions.

Keywords: Article 9; religious freedom; The ECHR



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