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4 Delineating The Interplay Between Rights And Religion

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This chapter attempts to explore the relationship with the use of a typology. Fundamentalists appeared in a number of the examples and they are an obvious subject when discussing the relationship between religion and human rights. The Fundamentalism Project a six-year comparative examination of religious fundamentalism gave the term a temporary definition whilst the project set about observing religious behaviour. Sikh fundamentalism adopts a maximalist approach to society, and in the 1980s there was a marked growth in certain forms of Sikh militancy, culminating in the more extreme demand for a separate Sikh state in the Punjab, to be known as Khalistan. Within Sri Lanka, the Tamil group in a largely Buddhist nation are pressing for selfrule, against the government, feeling resentment against what has been perceived as discrimination against them throughout the countrys history.

Keywords: Buddhist nation; human rights; religious fundamentalism; Sikh fundamentalism



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