The Unit examines various aspects related to the implementation of international standards on freedom of religion or belief including research into intersections between freedom of religion or belief and other human rights, especially freedom of expression and gender equality.
It engages international experts, faith-based actors and civil society stakeholders from the United Kingdom and beyond in promoting literacy in freedom of religion or belief and in capacity-building of human rights defenders to promote and monitor the implementation of international standards on religious freedom.
One of the key areas of its focus are Geneva-based human rights actors.
The research focuses on analysing:
In addition to research activities, the Unit regularly engages with policymakers and other stakeholders. The FORB and Equality Unit focuses on capacity-building of local actors to promote international human rights standards and monitor trends, document violations and advocate for remedy; on networking with faith-based and civil society actors to build broad coalitions that promote a human rights approach to religious freedom; and on promoting literacy on freedom of religion or belief.
The Unit also regularly engages with the community of students on campus, including the Essex Human Rights Centre Clinic and various student societies on specific projects and activities.