The constitution prohibits religious discrimination and provides for freedom of religion and worship and equality for all irrespective of religious belief. It grants religious groups autonomy and the right to provide religious instruction. The government denied some applications for registration during the year but did not indicate how many. Muslim leaders reported the government privately continued to request they discourage Muslim women from wearing the full-face veil in public due to the government’s security concerns concerning militant Islamic groups.
There were no reports of significant societal actions affecting religious freedom.
U.S. embassy staff met with senior government officials from the Ministry of Interior to encourage continued respect for religious freedom and asked government officials to continue their outreach to religious communities to discuss religious freedom. Embassy staff encouraged Muslim and Catholic leaders to continue their interfaith dialogue and activities promoting interreligious tolerance and understanding.