Religious Diversity: accomodation for Social Cohesion. Gaps in the legal protection of religious diversity: generic versus specific protection instruments

  • Eduardo J. Ruiz Vieytez
Keywords: religious diversity, harmonisation practices, minorities, social cohesion


The legal protection of religious diversity in plural societies is mainly supported by the human right to freedom of religion and belief, which is widely recognized under the international human rights law. However, interpretations of this law are far from univocal when it comes to managing the situation of persons whose religious beliefs are a minority. The so-called harmonisation practices are techniques to spread the content and exercise of this right. Similarly, the so-called Rights of minorities (as is the case of religious ones) also provide a protection framework, the scope of which has not yet been clearly defined. The current diversity of European societies and their commitment to protect the diversity and minorities lead us to seek a more focused and effective framework of protection, choosing between rights and generic or specific instruments.

Published online: 11 December 2017


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Author Biography

Eduardo J. Ruiz Vieytez
Director of the Human Rights Institute - University of Deusto. The author is also the director of the pluri-disciplinary research team “Retos sociales y culturales de un mundo en transformación” qualified as an A category team by the Basque government. Likewise, he is part of the Consolider-Ingenio Project 2010 “El tiempo de los derechos” (CSD2008- 00007), financed by the Ministry of Science and Innovation of the Spanish Government.
How to Cite
Ruiz Vieytez, Eduardo J. 2017. “Religious Diversity: Accomodation for Social Cohesion. Gaps in the Legal Protection of Religious Diversity: Generic Versus Specific Protection Instruments”. Deusto Journal of Human Rights, no. 8 (December), 13-26.