The constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom. The constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion, inciting religious discrimination, and inflaming religious hatred and intolerance.
The law codifies the government’s respect for religious freedom, legal status and rights of churches and other religious communities, rights of members, process of registration with the government, rights of registered religious groups, and responsibilities of the government’s Office for Religious Communities.
The constitution and military law provide for conscientious objection to military service based on “religious, philosophical, or humanitarian belief.”
There are no formal requirements for government recognition of religious groups, and the government does not restrict the activities of religious groups, regardless of whether they register with the government. However, religious groups must register with the Office for Religious Communities to be considered legal entities entitled to rebates on value added taxes. Religious groups must submit a basic application to the Office for Religious Communities providing the names of the group’s representatives, a description of the foundations of the group’s religious beliefs, and a copy of its organizational act.
The government allows religious education in both private and state-subsidized schools and preschools only on a voluntary basis outside of the school curriculum.
Individuals can file informal complaints of human rights violations by national or local authorities, including violations of religious freedom, with the human rights ombudsman.
During the year, Slovenia became a member of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research.
The government observes the following religious holidays as national holidays: Easter Sunday and Monday, Pentecost, Assumption, Reformation Day, and Christmas. Members of religious groups observing other religious holidays have the right to use regular annual leave on those days.