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Law & Religion: European Union

Subjects: Law

Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union  OJ C 326, 26.10.2012, p. 391–407
Specific mentions of religion

Article 10  Freedom of thought, conscience and religion

1.   Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right includes freedom to change religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or in private, to manifest religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.
2.   The right to conscientious objection is recognised, in accordance with the national laws governing the exercise of this right.

Article 21 Non-discrimination

1.   Any discrimination based on any ground such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation shall be prohibited.

2.   Within the scope of application of the Treaties and without prejudice to any of their specific provisions, any discrimination on grounds of nationality shall be prohibited.

Article 22 Cultural, religious and linguistic diversity

The Union shall respect cultural, religious and linguistic diversity.

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Religion in European Union

Religion and law -- European Union countries
Church and state -- European Union countries

Constitutional law -- European Union countries -- Religious aspects
Freedom of religion -- European Union countries

Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2000 December 7)
Civil rights -- European Union countries;

Secularism -- European Union countries

Cultural pluralism -- European Union countries
Public policy (Law) -- European Union countries