The country became an independent republic on July 9. The report covers events that took place in the country from independence until the end of the year.
The Transitional Constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom and, in practice, the government generally respected religious freedom. Prior to independence from Sudan, the country had an autonomous government and an interim constitution that featured protections for religious freedom. Following independence, these protections are reflected in the Bill of Rights in the Transitional Constitution.
There were no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice.
The U.S. government is committed to assisting the country in its efforts to achieve peace and security, including border and food security, good governance, economic growth, and respect for human rights and religious freedom. The U.S. government sought to promote religious freedom through routine discussions with government officials, religious leaders, and civil society organizations.