Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1093/hrlr/ngx028
Title: Realizing the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion: The limited normative force of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration
Authors: Neo, JL 
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Citation: Neo, JL (2017-12-01). Realizing the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion: The limited normative force of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration. Human Rights Law Review 17 (4) : 729-751. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1093/hrlr/ngx028
Abstract: © The Author [2017]. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. This article examines the normative force and limits of Article 22 of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) to advance the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion among ASEAN Member States. It argues that efforts to advance this freedom based on the AHRD are likely to be hampered by two constraints, one external to the document and one internal. The external challenge is the lack of a coherent baseline consensus upon which to build a core understanding of the content of the right due to competing visions of freedom of religion among Member States. The internal constraint stems from various provisions within the AHRD that appears to grant states significant discretion in defining the content and scope of human rights. In examining these constraints, this article seeks to inform a broader enquiry as to the AHRD's potential as a regional human rights instrument.
Source Title: Human Rights Law Review
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/185588
ISSN: 14617781
17441021
DOI: 10.1093/hrlr/ngx028
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