Does Religion Is Detrimental To Human Rights?

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Dr. V. Prem Sam Ponniah


Human rights and religions: this has been a topical question ever since religion came to the forefront of current events. Religious believes, in fact, integrally connected with the protection of human right and influential social forces in many societies, which, as a result has become a controversial issue whether religions practices promote or constrain human rights. Does religion is detrimental to human rights is critical in both philosophical and legal question. The paper analyses that religion are detrimental to human rights, in two main respects. First, human rights outcomes tend to be worse in highly religious societies, particularly in countries where citizens report attending religious services frequently. Second, Muslim-majority nations offer less respect for and protection of human rights compared to other nations. Moreover, where religiosity is increasing, human rights are suffering.

The paper highlights the degree of a society religiosity to its expected respect for economic and social right, women’s right, civil and political right. There exist the philosophical contributions of world major religions and practical contractions in realization of Human rights especially the women rights.  The paper is divided into two parts, part one deals with philosophical contribution of major religions towards realizing human rights norms and part two highlights the practical contradictions of religion in realizing human rights

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