Here we provide links and information on various resources related to the Freedom of Thought report.
Human rights are important, so the language of rights has become part of common discourse in many areas. Sometimes there is quite loose talk about ‘human rights’ (“I have a right to do whatever I want!”) which is not always accurate.
However, your right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief, and your right to freedom of expression, are human rights (articles 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, respectively). As with other universal human rights there are quite specific meanings to the terms, and several internationally-agreed treatises which define your rights, the limits that states may place on them, and the obligations states have to uphold them.