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The Conservative Human Rights RevolutionEuropean Identity, Transnational Politics, and the Origins of the European Convention$
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Marco Duranti

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199811380

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811380.001.0001

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Catholic Human Rights in Postwar France

Catholic Human Rights in Postwar France

(p.290) 7 Catholic Human Rights in Postwar France
The Conservative Human Rights Revolution

Marco Duranti

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the motives for which French Christian democrats in the Popular Republican Movement (MRP) were at the forefront of the campaign for a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). One of the primary concerns of Catholics during the drafting of both postwar constitutions and international human rights texts was safeguarding the rights of parents over the religious content of their children’s education. As French Christian democrats had been unable to secure these rights in the constitution of the Fourth Republic, they looked to European human rights law to do so. The concessions they made with free-market conservatives on the question of whether social rights would be codified in the ECHR suggests that their commitment to social democracy was more tenuous than often assumed.

Keywords:   Catholicism, Catholic Church, Christian democracy, Christianity, communitarianism, conservatism, ECHR, European Convention on Human Rights, France, human rights

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