Apostasy Law and Legal Definition

Apostasy is the formal religious disaffiliation, abandonment, or renunciation of one's religion. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights, considers the recanting of a person's religion a human right legally protected by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: "The Committee observes that the freedom to 'have or to adopt' a religion or belief necessarily entails the freedom to choose a religion or belief, including the right to replace one's current religion or belief with another or to adopt atheistic views. Muslim law treats apostasy as illegal.