Freedom of Expression, Information, Thought and Religion in Islam and Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
16 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2013 Last revised: 2 Nov 2013
Date Written: July 13, 2013
The article examines freedom of expression, information, thought and religion in Islam and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The main findings of this work are: Under Islamic law the rights to believe, thought and to express one’s beliefs are among the primary human rights. The rights to seek information and expression are inseparable from the rights to believe and think. The right to form an opinion and express the same is God’s gifts to human beings. It is not possible to allow a person to think and believe, but not to allow him or her to communicate with others. At the same time, Islam does not allow blasphemy and apostasy and the perpetrator is put to death if he does not repent. Should he repent, he is pardoned by the Islamic state. The CRC justifies restrictions on freedom of expression, information, thought and religion.
Keywords: freedom of expression, information, thought, religion, Islamic law, CRC, blasphemy, apostasy
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