Welcome to the United Nations. It's your world.

United Nations Human Rights Day 2009

Discrimination based on religion or belief

Religious Discrimination

In their everyday lives, many people face discrimination based on their religion or belief. Such discrimination can be in the form of limiting their access to public education, health services or public posts.  In extreme cases, members of religious communities can be arrested or killed due to their religious affiliation or beliefs. 

The United Nations has been concerned with this issue since its foundation and the prohibition of religious discrimination is enshrined in all core international human rights treaties. In this regard, States have the duty to refrain from discriminating against individuals or groups based on their religion and belief (obligation to respect); they are required to prevent such discrimination, including from non-State actors (obligation to protect); and must take steps to ensure that, in practice, every person in their territory enjoys all human rights without discrimination of any kind (obligation to fulfil).

For more information and to see what the UN is doing to combat discrimination based on religion or belief, click here.