Right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and expression.
Why is it useful in your everyday life?
In your everyday life you can practice freely your religion if you do not infringe on public security, health, customs or the rights of other people:
- Through your participation on places of concertation and worship.
- With your free participation in religious ceremonies and festivities.
Bear also in mind that in your everyday life you can:
- Freely express privately or publicly your opinion and thoughts.
- You are free to accept or decline to do something relating to other people or the government, according to your conscience.
However, be careful since there are limitations to public expressions relating to violence or other criminal activities.
Problems you may face
- Could I face a problem relating to the free practice of my religion?
You might not be able to find an official religious venue of your religion in the area you live. You might also need to undertake various bureaucratic procedures to plan a religious ceremony.
- Do I have the right to legal protest or strike?
Your right to legally protest is protected by law. If you are a migrant or an asylum seeker you have the right to protest in an appropriate and legal manner. There are however some limitations to protesting when issues of public safety arise.
Possible solutions and answers
- What can I do if I am not free to practice my religion?
Initially, you could contact your religious community. You could also contact the Greek Ombudsman or take your case to Court after consulting with a lawyer.
- What can I do if my right to express my opinion is limited?
You could participate in protests where you can freely express your political opinions or opinions regarding other matters. If you believe that your right to freedom of expression is limited, you can also contact a lawyer.