Using the law to promote FORB
Here you can find a small collection of resources to help people engaged in legal work to defend and promote FORB.
FILMS : Watch our short films on access to justice
Four short films exploring how you can work to find justice at the local, national and global levels when rights are violated. Ideal for groups or organisations affected by rights violations as well as those wanting to better understand the human rights system.
COURSE : FORB and gender equality – enemies or allies?
This course includes a sub-module on ‘The challenges of religious family law’, introducing the topic of religious famliy/personal status laws, clarifying concepts and exploring the problems that can arise form such legislation. It explores real life examples as well as possible routes to reform.
Resources for lawyers working for FORB
The Defending FORB website includes articles to help national lawyers understand better how to work with cases concerning freedom of religion or belief in 9 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Russia, Sudan.Click here
Christian family/personal status laws in Palestine
Judge Scarlet Bishara, of the Ecclesiastical Court of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, shares a short description of legal and procedural problems concerning family law for Christian women in Palestine.
Muslim family/personal status laws in Malaysia
Suri Kempe, a human rights activist, presents a short comparative description of gender-based discrimination in religious personal law in Malaysia, illustrating differences between Malaysia and other Muslim majority contexts.
Workshop exercises focusing on personal status laws/legal systems
Reforming family law
A four-part exercise including a knowledge input and plenary discussion.
Excercise Details for Reforming family law
- 3 h 10 min
- Group exercise
The expert advisors
In this role-play exercise, the participants have just been promoted to the role of Technical Experts on FORB for all at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Excercise Details for The expert advisors
- 1 h 40 min
- Group exercise
FORB and family law
A plenary discussion exercise based on a case study, that is designed to follow a knowledge input on family/personal status laws and violations of FORB.
Excercise Details for FORB and family law
- 60 min
- Plenary exercise
- Case study/scenario