Legal Rights

Click to View Larger ImageReligious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)

The "Government shall not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion" unless the Government can demonstrate "that application of the burden to the person is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest." 42 U.S.C. § 2000bb-l.

Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA)

A United States federal law that prohibits the imposition of burdens on the ability of prisoners to worship as they please and gives churches and other religious institutions a way to avoid zoning law restrictions on their property use. It also defines the term "religious exercise" to include "any exercise of religion, whether or not compelled by, or central to, a system of religious belief."

United Nations Declaration of Rights on Indiginious Peoples (UNDRIP)

Rights of indigenous individuals and people to protect their culture through practices, languages, education, media, and religion (Articles 9 - 15, 16, 25, and 31)