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This chapter illustrates that certain modes of state-religion identification are surrounded by forms of state practice that have a negative bearing on the domestic interpretation and actual implementation of human rights law. It cannot be denied that in many cases the mode of religion-state identification impacts on the scope for human rights compliance. In that respect, both with regard to states that identify strongly with a religion and as well as with respect to states that act upon questionable interpretations of the principles of secularism and separationism, it has been demonstrated that various human rights norms are denied or curtailed on account of the state's religious or excessively secular commitments. Some of the safeguards proposed in the chapter presuppose a degree of democratic goodwill.

Keywords: politics; religion; religion-state identification



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