The freedom of thought, conscience and religion is the fundamental value of a democratic society. Turkey and the United Kingdom acknowledge this freedom through numerous international and regional treaty commitments in principle. However, the implementation of this freedom in relation to the manifestation of religion or belief in the public sphere has been challenging as new political and social realities call for deeper understandings and more exacting implementation. Panellists will explore the understanding of two vital international organisations - the Human Rights Committee and the European Court of Human Rights – in relation to this topic. In addition, there will be a comparative analysis of Turkey and the UK.
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