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Freedom of religion, encompassing also freedom to manifest religious affiliation in public, constitutes one of the most respected human rights. At the same time, public manifestations of religious sympathies may easily provoke negative reactions, particularly in situations involving religious minorities. Cultural sensitivities, fueled by the political context of present times, often result in a clash of values and interests which must be addressed in constitutional and international adjudication. In several European states, public manifestations of Islamic faith led recently to legislative responses and judicial interventions. FULL DETAILS