The transitional constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom. The transitional constitution states, “All religions shall be treated equally, and religion or religious beliefs shall not be used for divisive purposes.” This document serves as the country’s legal framework until the adoption of a permanent constitution.
The transitional constitution provides the right to freedom of worship; the right to solicit and receive voluntary financial contributions; the right to own property for religious purposes; the right to write, issue, and disseminate religious publications; the right to communicate with individuals and communities in matters of religion and beliefs at national and international levels; the right to teach religion or beliefs in places suitable for these purposes; the right to train, appoint, and designate by succession one’s own clergy; and the right to observe religious holidays.
The transitional constitution specifies the regulation of religious matters within each state as the executive and legislative responsibility of the state government.
The transitional constitution allows religious groups to establish and maintain appropriate faith-based, charitable, or humanitarian institutions. The government does not require religious groups to register.
The law prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion against public servants, officials, and employees with respect to remuneration, terms, conditions, benefits, and privileges of services.
Offices and businesses follow a Monday through Friday workweek, with Sunday as a day for religious observance. Schools are in session on Friday and do not excuse Muslim students from class.
The government observes the following religious holidays as national holidays: Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Eid al-Moulid, Easter, and Christmas.