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New Zealand - Bill of Rights Act 1990

Adopted in: 1990

Section 13 [Freedom of Thought, Conscience, and Religion]

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and belief, including the right to adopt and hold opinions without interference.
Section 15 [Religion and Belief]
Every person has the right to manifest that person's religion or belief in worship, observance, practice, or teaching, either individually or in community with others, and either in public or in private.
Section 19 [Freedom from Discrimination]
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom from discrimination on the ground of colour, race, ethnic or national origins, sex, marital status, or religious or ethical belief.
(2) Measures taken in good faith for the purpose of assisting or advancing persons or groups of persons disadvantaged because of colour, race, ethnic or national origins, sex, marital status, or religious or ethical belief do not constitute discrimination.
Section 20 [Rights of Minorities]
A person who belongs to an ethnic, religious, or linguistic minority in New Zealand shall not be denied the right, in community with other members of that minority, to enjoy the culture, to profess and practise the religion, or to use the language, of that minority.
Note: Further information on the constitutional background of New Zealand is provided by the International Constitutional Law Project at the University of Wuerzburg. 
 


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