The constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom, and in practice, the government generally respected religious freedom. The government did not demonstrate a trend toward either improvement or deterioration in respect for and protection of the right to religious freedom.
There were no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice.
Officers of the U.S. embassy at all levels met with leaders in the religious community. Embassy officers also met with members of U.S. religious organizations, including the Hindu diaspora, who are involved in significant community projects within the country. The U.S. government, through the Humanitarian Assistance Program, worked with a local Muslim organization to build public-private relationships between government officials in the country and private institutions for better coordination in providing services, such as medical care to at-risk populations. The U.S. government advocated for a less restrictive visa policy toward religious workers.