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Freedom Of Religion Or Belief In The 'Age Of Terror': Muslims As The Prime Victims Of Religiously-Motivated Terrorism

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One of the biggest challenges facing freedom of religion or belief relates to the implications of religiously motivated terrorism: firstly, the fact that certain forms of terrorism are driven by religious reasons and, secondly, the effect that this has on those religious communities that belong to the same religion as the group carrying out terrorist attacks in the name of their religion. Like any other individual, they too have become victims of terror attacks. This chapter focuses on what standing freedom of religion or belief has in international human rights law. It then highlights some key issues that are relevant to freedom of religion or belief, which will put into context how counter-terrorism measures after 9/11 have weakened the very concept of this freedom. The chapter concentrates on Western-European countries and, in particular, on Muslims, being the set of believers that have suffered the most consequences post-9/11.

Keywords: counter-terrorism measure; freedom of religion; international human rights law; Muslims; religiously motivated terrorism; victims



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