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date: 12 May 2021

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This chapter discusses legal restrictions and controls on conversion and proselytizing as practiced around the world in various countries and regions, and also examines whether some religious traditions foster more restrictive approaches to proselytizing. The situation in the United States is discussed first, including a discussion of “brainwashing” and deprogramming, followed by an examination of the European situation. Special attention is paid to decisions of the European Court of Human Rights in cases that involve minority faiths, especially Jehovah’s Witnesses. The chapter closes with briefer coverage of other nations and regions of the world.

Keywords: conversion, proselytizing, law, United States, Europe, Jehovah’s Witnesses, New Religious Movements, deprogramming, brainwashing, European Court of Human Rights

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