By Peter G Danchin

The ousting of the communist regimes has no longer assured the safety of human rights. The historic fact is that discrimination opposed to minority spiritual and ethnic teams is usually a part of a broader monolithic nationalism. As professional atheism is changed through various types of church-state preparations, how a lot will the guideline of legislation be triumphant opposed to resurgent nationalism and intolerance towards minorities? those nineteen essays give some thought to this question. The authors symbolize 11 international locations (four essays speak about Western Europe ) and comprise theologians, political and social scientists, felony students, and human rights execs. even if contemplating Bulgaria?s coverage towards Muslims or Christian-Jewish discussion in Poland, those provocative essays shed new mild on human rights in a globalizing global.

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In chapter 12, Rosa Marõ«a Martõ«nez de Codes examines the contemporary model of relations between the state and religious minorities in Spain. ) Comparing this model to the systems operating in Italy and Germany, de Codes considers the virtues of a model based on the signing of bilateral agreements which derives from the ÒconcordatÓ tradition that has evolved in countries with a Catholic majority. She concludes by questioning the wisdom of attempting to export the Spanish model to other countries in Europe.

It was thought that one reason for the failure of the League system was its emphasis on the differences between minorities, and the use of Òspecial protectionsÓ for different groups, which ultimately led to greater tension and opposition between groups. Ó . . 42 Accordingly, neither the Charter of the United Nations nor the UDHR contains express provisions providing for minority protections. 43 Article 27 is arguably the most important global treaty standard dealing with the rights of minorities.

Cole Durham, Perspectives on Religious Liberty: A Comparative Framework in Johan D. , Religious Human Rights in Global Perspective: Legal Perspectives 18 (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1996). 11. , Law, Religion, and Human Rights, 28 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 1, 4 (1996). 12. Louis Henkin, The Age of Rights xvii (New York: Columbia University Press, 1990). 13. Hilary Charlesworth has argued that the Òmajor religious traditions have not engaged adequately with the international law of human rights.

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