De vrijheid niet te geloven is een mensenrecht

Article 18 Universele verklaring van de rechten van de mens (1948) 

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Mensenrechten commissie, commentaar 22 op artikel 18 (1993)

2. Article 18 protects theistic, non-theistic and atheistic beliefs, as well as the right not to profess any religion or belief. The terms “belief” and “religion” are to be broadly construed. Article 18 is not limited in its application to traditional religions or to religions and beliefs with institutional characteristics or practices analogous to those of traditional religions.

VN Speciale Rapporteur Vrijheid van Religie en Geloof, Heiner Bielefeldt, benadrukt dat:

“the term “freedom of religion or belief” is only a kind of short-hand. The full human right [Article 18 of the Universal Declaration] is ‘freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief’.”