Beyond belief: defending religious liberty through the British Bill of Rights

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Orr, James
Date of publication
1 November 2016
Social Policy
Social welfare
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This report reflects on the thesis that in a free and plural society, rights should protect difference and ensure equity between those of different dispositions.

It argues that in a climate of fear and distrust of religion, more needs to be done to protect the freedoms of people of faith, and the best way to do this is to press ahead with a British Bill of Rights and include the freedom to express religious belief within it.

Key recommendations:

  • Incorporate a duty of reasonable accommodation in the Bill of Rights.
  • Commit to introducing a Bill of Rights in the Queen’s Speech to swiftly introduce reasonable accommodation.
  • Ensure the EHRC introduces a Religious Freedom Code of Practice.

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