This report, the first of its kind yet to be published, provides a detailed and impartial account of how the individual's right to hold beliefs is understood, protected or denied throughout the world. Consisting of accessible, short edited entries based on drafts commissioned from experts living in the countries surveyed, it exposes persecution and discrimination in virtually all world regions. The book: * provides an analysis of United Nations...
This report, the first of its kind yet to be published, provides a detailed and impartial account of how the individual's right to hold beliefs is understood, protected or denied throughout the world. Consisting of accessible, short edited entries based on drafts commissioned from experts living in the countries surveyed, it exposes persecution and discrimination in virtually all world regions. The book:
* provides an analysis of United Nations standards of freedom of religion and belief
* covers over fifty countries, divided into regions and introduced by a regional overview
* covers themes including: the relationships between belief groups and the state; freedom to manifest belief in law and practice; religion and schools; religious minorities; new religious movements; the impact of beliefs on the status of women; and the extent to which conscientious objection to military service is recognised by governments
* draws on examples of accommodation and co-operation between different religions and beliefs and identifies the main challenges to be overcome if the diversity of human conviction is to be established.
This report details the ways in which the right to hold beliefs is understood, and either protected or denied, throughout the world. Entries for 58 countries address regional differences, and cover such subject areas as the relations between belief groups and the state, the freedom to manifest belief in law and practice, religion in the schools, religious minorities, the impact of beliefs on the status of women, and conscientious objection to military service. The editors provide an analysis of United Nations standards of religion and belief. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Kevin Boyle is a Professor of Law and the Direcotr of hte Human Rights Centre, Univeristy of Essex. He is a Barrister at Law in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and England with considerable experience of international human rights litigation under the European Convention of Human Rights. Juliet Sheen is a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre, Univeristy of Essex. In 1994 she established an independent consultancy in human rights, specialising in the area of freedom of region and belief.
Kevin Boyle, a professor of history at Ohio State University, is the author of The UAW and the Heyday of American Liberalism, 1945-1968. A former associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, he is also the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He lives in Bexley, Ohio.
Author biography courtesy of Henry Holt and Company.
Good To Know
Some outtakes from our interview with Boyle:
"I love to read the high-end restaurant reviews in The New York Times, but the restaurant I long to revisit is a fish and chips shop in Stillorgan, Ireland. My family spent a year living just down the road from the shop, and we stopped in so often the crew behind the counter came to know our order by heart. That year's diet probably cut a couple of years off my life expectancy."
"When I settle at my desk to write, I sit on a chair that comes from Detroit's old ballpark, Tiger Stadium. It has ancient wooden slats covered with decades of paint; it's completely uncomfortable; and despite my wife's protests, I'm never giving it up."
"Our family is rounded out by an aging border collie mix we rescued from the Detroit Humane Society 13 years ago. She came to us a terrified puppy, and after years of care and attention -- well, she's a terrified old dog."