MULTICULTURALISM, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND PROPORTIONALITY

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In the case of R (Suryananda) v Welsh Ministers it was held that the slaughter of a sacred bullock could be justified on public health grounds. However, the media furore over the case was about much more than a clash between religious beliefs and public health policies, it was symptomatic of underlying tensions between different cultures. The case and surrounding public debate raise wider questions about multiculturalism and universal human rights, and the approach that the courts should take to resolve conflicts between diametrically opposed cultural traditions.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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  • Until 2007 the King's Law Journal was known as the King's College Law Journal. It was established in 1990 as a legal periodical publishing scholarly and authoritative Articles, Notes and Reports on legal issues of current importance to both academic research and legal practice. It has a national and international readership, and publishes refereed contributions from authors across the United Kingdom, from continental Europe and further afield (particularly Commonwealth countries and USA). The journal includes a Reviews section containing critical notices of recently published books.
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