How might this right be relevant to my life?
This right covers religious belief, but also the right to have no religion and protection for non-religious beliefs (for example, beliefs about pacifism and vegetarianism). This right makes sure that people can manifest their beliefs when there is no justifiable reason to restrict them. This right has two different parts:
- the right to hold or change religious or other beliefs; and
- the right to put your thoughts and beliefs into action (this is called ‘manifestation’).
You can ask the public official about their decision or action and ask them to tell you how it was lawful, legitimate and proportionate.
If you can think of a way to deal with this situation or decision that is less restrictive to you then you can raise it with the public official as the decision may not be proportionate.