60 mins

Human Rights in Practice: The Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief

CUNY Brooklyn College
This course will provide human rights defenders with a working knowledge of the norms and standards that make up the right to Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) under international human rights law.
About this course:
International law guarantees the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief (FoRB). Because it forms part of customary international law, the duty to promote and protect FoRB is binding on all states, regardless of whether they have signed international human rights treaties or not. But what is FoRB exactly? What does it protect? When may a state legally restrict it? In this course, several international experts will unpack the contents of this right. You will become acquainted with the UN mechanisms that monitor and report how much this right is respected, protected, and enjoyed worldwide.
What do I learn:
This introductory course is designed to familiarise civil society actors with the international human rights standards relating to the right to freedom of religion or belief and the mechanisms that oversee their implementation.
What do I need to know:
Nothing! This course assumes no prior knowledge of international human rights law or the UN system.
1.1 Introduction to the course
1.2 Quiz - Measuring your knowledge
2.1 International Human Rights Law 101
2.2 Freedom of Religion or Belief
3.1 Manifestation and Registration
4.1 FoRB and Religious Education
5.1 FORB and National Security
6.1 Freedom of Religion or Belief and Other Rights
7.1 FoRB and Non-Discrimination (Religious Minorities)
8.1 FoRB & Non-discrimination Gender Equality
9.1 Mechanisms of oversight
9.2 Final Quiz
10.1 Wrap up video

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