About the exercise
- Multi-format exercise
- Time required : 1h 20 minutes
- Themes : Freedom of expression; Freedom of religion or belief (FORB); blasphemy, public order, and social harmony laws.
- Target audience : Best suited to grassroots-level groups/faith communities, civil society organisations and human rights defenders. For audiences that may be less willing to share personal experiences (e.g., decisionmakers and officials) skip the first think-pair-share section.
- To familiarise participants with the right to freedom of expression and its intersection with the right to FORB.
- To enable participants to recognise how the rights to freedom of expression and FORB are restricted by laws on blasphemy, public order, and social harmony.
- To help participants explore their attitudes towards rights for others in their own context.
A think-pair-share exercise in which participants reflect on barriers to freely expressing religion or beliefs in their context followed by a discussion of a case study that highlights the impact of laws restricting freedom of expression and FORB. This exercise should be run after trust has been established within the group.
The exercise could helpfully be preceded with the ‘Traffic lights’ exercise using statements related to freedom of expression.
Source: Rachel Fleming