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Religious Minorities in Asia: Between the Scylla of Minority Protection and Charybdis of Religious Freedom Rights?

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, Singapore 259776, Singapore
Academic Editors: Silvio Ferrari, Roberta Medda-Windischer and Kerstin Wonisch
Religions 2021, 12(10), 881; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100881
Received: 4 August 2021 / Revised: 19 September 2021 / Accepted: 19 September 2021 / Published: 14 October 2021
This article examines the intersection of religious freedom and minority protection within the Asian context. It argues that, to the extent that a focus on minority protection draws greater attention to the collective and communitarian dimensions of religious practice, it has the potential to enrich the discourse on religious freedom protection. I identify three areas of possible convergence—first, where a minority-focused regime leads to a richer understanding of the intersections between culture, language, and religion; secondly, where a focus on minority protection leads to positive measures by the state to protect religious minorities; and thirdly, where a minority regime founds a right of religious minorities to political participation. Nonetheless, I will also point out that there are limits to minority protection. It may even be a double-edged sword, as it serves to reify differences with the rest of society and risks permanently marginalizing the group as a minority. This could be the case even if there are institutional designs, formal or informal, to provide for religious minorities’ political participation. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious minorities; religious persecution; religious freedom; minority regime; Asia; constitutional law; state and religion religious minorities; religious persecution; religious freedom; minority regime; Asia; constitutional law; state and religion
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Neo, J.L. Religious Minorities in Asia: Between the Scylla of Minority Protection and Charybdis of Religious Freedom Rights? Religions 2021, 12, 881. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100881

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Neo JL. Religious Minorities in Asia: Between the Scylla of Minority Protection and Charybdis of Religious Freedom Rights? Religions. 2021; 12(10):881. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100881

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Neo, Jaclyn L. 2021. "Religious Minorities in Asia: Between the Scylla of Minority Protection and Charybdis of Religious Freedom Rights?" Religions 12, no. 10: 881. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100881

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