The constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom. The constitutional court determines rules on religious matters as part of its mission to guarantee respect for religious freedom. The court has determined that it is illegal to block access of any group to its religious premises and that discussion and debate regarding religious belief is a protected right of free speech.
The national defense ministry has the authority to intervene in conflicts between religious groups to ensure public order and social peace, provided the intervention complies with the principle of state neutrality in religious affairs.
Persons who wish to form a religious group must register with the interior ministry. Registration requirements are the same for all religious groups.
By law, public schools may not provide religious instruction. Religious groups may establish private schools.
The government observes the following religious holidays as national holidays: Traditional Religions Day, the Birth of the Prophet Muhammad, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, Whit Monday, Assumption Day, Eid al-Fitr, All Saints Day, Tabaski, and Christmas.