The constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom. The constitution also prohibits religious intolerance, as defined by the courts.
By law, religious groups, except for indigenous religious groups, must register with the Ministry of Territorial Administration. To register, religious groups must prove they have a minimum of 1,000 members and leaders whose religious education the government deems adequate.
The law permits the ministry to decline to register any religious group it deems offensive to public morale or likely to disturb social peace and to suspend the operation of registered religious groups if it finds their activities subversive. Registration is free and confers official recognition and certain limited benefits, such as customs duty exemption for importing vehicles or equipment.
The government grants religious groups one day of their choosing each week to make free broadcasts on the official radio station. Outside this regular time, religious groups must pay fees for broadcast time, as must nonreligious organizations.
The government does not explicitly prohibit religious instruction in public schools, but it is not part of the public school curriculum.
The government observes the following religious holidays as national holidays: Easter Monday, Ascension Day, Monday after Pentecost Day, All Saints Day, and Christmas. The government does not observe Islamic holy days; however, the government allows Muslims to take leave from work on Islamic holy days.