The constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom.
Religious groups must register with the government by submitting documentation to the justice ministry detailing the structure and mission of their organization, along with a nominal fee. Once approved, a religious group must register formally with the Registrar General’s office.
Foreign missionaries are required to have employment permits. Missionaries and charitable workers pay lower fees for employment permits compared to other professionals.
The law guides regulation of all broadcasting and states that, with regard to religious broadcasting, “broadcasting licensees shall not broadcast any material which is indecent or obscene or offensive to public morals (including abusive or insulting language) or offensive to the religious convictions of any section of the population or likely to prejudice the safety of the Republic or public order and tranquility.”
Religious instruction is available but not mandatory in public schools. Christian-oriented “Bible Knowledge” courses and “Moral and Religious Education” courses that include Muslim, Hindu, Bahai, and Christian material are available, but Muslim courses are not available. Individual parent-teacher associations or school committees decide which religion courses to offer.
The government observes the following religious holidays as national holidays: Good Friday, Easter Monday, Eid al-Fitr, and Christmas.