This book provides a detailed and impartial account of how the individuals right to hold beliefs is understood, protected or denied in theory and practice throughout the world. Consisting of accessible, short edited entries based on drafts commissioned from experts living in the countries surveyed, it exposes persecution and discrimination in virtually all world regions. Freedom of Religion and Belief has been prepared by the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex is conjunction with Project Tandem, Inc. in the US. A large number of specialists from around the world have contributed data and analysis. Covering over fifty countries in five regions, this book will be invaluable to those professionally involved in human rights organizations, international lawyers, and students of human rights, international relations and political science.