Legal intervention on religion or belief rights 2011

On 15 September 2011 the Commission submitted our intervention to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on four cases relating to alleged religious discrimination in the workplace.

The Commission submitted that in the cases of Eweida and Chaplin that the Courts may not have given sufficient weight to Article 9(2) of the Convention; and in the cases of Ladele and Mcfarlane that the domestic courts came to the correct conclusions.

We would like to thank those who contacted us to share their views on these four cases, and separately, whether the concept of reasonable accommodation has any useful practical application in cases concerning the manifestation of religion or belief. All the submissions were carefully considered when drafting our submission.

The consultation responses on reasonable accommodation will help inform the Commission’s early thinking in this area. We intend to continue the dialogue with a range of interested stakeholders to explore this idea further.

You can find a copy of our submission, along with a summary of the consultation responses via the links below. The summary is anonymous, therefore does not name organisations or individuals, nor display individual responses.

Download: Summary of responses to our consultation - September 2011 (PDF)
Download: Our submission to the European Court of Human Rights - September 2011 (PDF)

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