||The following annotated
list of selected links provides access to databases, networks, bibliographies,
and further information relevant to the study of democratic governance
in multireligious societies, especially in the areas of:
1. General Legal Information
General Legal Information
Freedom of Religion or Belief and
Interfaith Activities and Organisations.
2. Freedom of Religion or Belief
Finder: The Constitution Finder at the University of Richmond (USA)
provides access to a large selection of national constitutions.
of the World: This website provides an overview on constitutional law,
including original documents as well as a useful list of further links.
Human & Constitutional
Rights: This metasite, hosted at Columbia University (USA) is an excellent
resource for finding material on human rights in both international and
Library: The University of Minnesota (USA) Human Rights Library provides
general information on human rights issues throughout the world.
High Commissioner for Human Rights: This site contains comprehensive
information on UN human rights instruments, including a collection of all
relevant legal documents.
3. Interfaith Activities and Organisations
State: This site contains comparative information on legal and policy
issues concerning the relation of religion and state.
UK Home Office Research Study 221 - Tackling religious discrimination: Practical implications for policy-makers and legislators (PDF format)
Guide to Internet sources on Religion and Conflict
Association for Religious Freedom (IARF): The IARF, organized
in 1900 to affirm the right to religious freedom, is an NGO with UN
consultative status supporting religious freedom through interfaith
cooperation. It today includes religious groups from South and East
Asia as well as Africa, the Middle East, Europe and North America.
Freedom Homepage: Hosted by the University of Virgina (USA), this site
provides extensive information on the Freedom of Religion or Belief, especially
in North America.
States Institute of Peace: Religion, Ethics and Human Rights: The Special
Initiative on Religion, Ethics and Human Rights (REHR), established by
the United States Institute of Peace in 1988, explores the significance
of religion and ideology as both a source of conflict and a source of peace
by a variety of specific projects analysing the religious aspects of ethnic
identity, the close link between nationalism and ideological and religious
beliefs, and the human rights tradition as a guarantor of the freedom of
Interfaith Centre (IIC): The IIC, inaugurated in Oxford (UK) in 1993,
functions as a Clearing House for interfaith activities around the world
and aims at encouraging continuing interfaith understanding and cooperation.
Co-ordinating Council in Israel (ICCI): The ICCI is an umbrella organization
for institutions and individuals in Israel promoting interreligious and
intercultural understanding. As a coordinating body, the ICCI strives to
strengthen and broaden good relations among different faith communities
MultiFaithNet, hosted by the University of Derby (UK), is an interactive
website desigend to promote knowledge, information and dialogue in religion
to, among, and between religious groups and those with an interest in their
North American Interfaith
Network: The NAINetwork, a non-profit association with a membership
of more than 60 interfaith organizations and agencies throughout Canada
and the United States, provides a forum for interfaith communication.
Project: The Pluralism Project, developed at Harvard University (USA),
is aimed at studying and documenting the expanding religious diversity,
predominantly in the US. Its website contains an abundance of information
resources germane to the study of religion.