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Source: Human Rights Commission

Statement on Religious Diversity

The Statement on Religious Diversity was first published in 2007 and has since been endorsed by a wide range of faith communities. It provides a basis for ongoing discussion of religious diversity in New Zealand.

It sets out a number of principles which are grounded in international human rights treaties and the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act, including:

  • freedom of religion, conscience, and belief
  • freedom of expression
  • the right to safety and security
  • the right to reasonable accommodation of diverse religious practices in various settings.

The statement also emphasises that the State seeks to treat all faith communities and those who profess no religion equally before the law, and that New Zealand has no official or established religion.

It encourages education about our diverse religious and spiritual traditions, respectful dialogue, and positive relationships between government and faith communities.

It offers a framework within which religious issues can be discussed both by faith communities themselves and within the wider New Zealand community.

The statement includes further commentary on each of the individual principles. Read the full statement and commentary here. If you want hardcopies  send an email to [email protected]

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