Religare Project
The RELIGARE project is a three-year European research project funded by the European Commission Directorate General Research - Unit L Science, Economy and Society. It comprises 13 universities and research centres from across the European Union and Turkey. RELIGARE is about religions, belonging, beliefs and secularism. This new socio-legal European project investigates the diversity of convictions in contemporary Europe with a focus on law and on questions relating to management of pluralism under State Law. Secular State is an important constitutional principle in many European States and in Turkey. However, modulations of this principle differ to a large extent. Today, European societies are being challenged by a new diversity of religions and other beliefs. This diversity has been brought about by many factors, including the European Union’s expansion and important migration fluxes. The result is that many people now hold beliefs and values that were unknown before and/or that are different from historically protected religions or convictions. Not surprisingly, these persons are seeking recognition of their identities. By doing so, they test the boundaries, in practice, of secular State law. The divide between the public and the private spheres lies at the core of RELIGARE’s research. However, this borderline is not clear-cut and is not at the same place in everyone’s perception. Can the public sphere be simultaneously neutral and tolerant? Can new world views, social patterns and lifestyles be accommodated and/or incorporated in the public sphere? How respectful is the law of the private sphere? RELIGARE examines the current realities, including the legal rules protecting or limiting (constraining) the experiences of religious or other belief-based communities. Where the practices of communities or individuals do not conform to State law requirements, or where communities turn to their own legal regimes or tribunals, the reasons behind these developments need to be understood. The purpose of RELIGARE is to explore adequate policy responses. Adequate policies seek meeting points between the realities and expectations of communities and the protection of human rights in terms of equality and freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
Launched in January 2002, Religioscope is a independent website about religions in todays world. It offers news and analyses. Religioscope pays attention to current developments and trends, but would also like to put them into historical perspective when needed. It would like to offer to its readers some keys for a better understanding of the role and place of different religions.
Religious Freedom & Business Foundation
The Foundation is a non-partisan charitable organization working with business people, academics, government officials and community leaders from multiple faiths (or of none) to accomplish its mission. The Foundation is a registered corporation and is applying for IRS recognition as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in the USA. Businesses are uniquely situated to solve problems caused by religious restrictions and hostilities because they are at the crossroads of culture, commerce and creativity. Indeed, they have a vested interest because religious freedom is good for business. Research shows that religious freedom not only benefits the bottom line, but also improves the lives of women, consolidates democracy, and increases peace and stability. The Problem A rising tide of religious restrictions and hostilities has swept the globe in the past decade, despite efforts by governments, religious groups and non-governmental organizations to roll them back. The Solution Business support for religious freedom will result in more peaceful, trustworthy and stable economies. Where there is stability, there is more opportunity to invest, especially in emerging/new markets. It also fosters more trust within a company and enlarges public trust toward a company, enhancing its brand image and benefiting the bottom line.
Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion (RUSSLR)
The Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion (RUSSLR) is the first centre or institute in Australia to study the relationship between society, law and religion, placing it at the leading edge in Australia of what is already a major research area worldwide. RUSSLRs principal objective is to create a space for dialogue on significant issues involving the relationship between society, law and religion; we seek to foster an environment where divergent views can be expressed with good will and respect.
Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on freedom of religion or belief

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