Special Rapporteur’s report: Elimination of all forms of religious intolerance

The interim report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief was published in October 2014.

United Nations human rights expert Heiner Bielefeldt told the UN General Assembly that freedom to manifest one’s religion or belief without discrimination should also be protected in the area of employment. He urged all Governments to take every appropriate measure to prevent and eliminate all forms of intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief.

Mr. Bielefeldt’s report offers a number of practical recommendations, and puts forward the concept of ‘reasonable accommodation’ as a tool to put into context the principle of non-discrimination in such a way that appropriate individual solutions for religious minorities can be found at the workplace.

Press release, 24 October 2014

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