The constitution prohibits discrimination on any grounds as well as laws establishing any religion. It provides for freedom of religion, including the right of individuals to change, manifest, and propagate their religion. The government bars religious groups from owning radio or television stations, however, it continued to grant larger religious groups programming time on state radio, subject in most cases to advance review and approval. Smaller religious groups did not have access to dedicated broadcast time. Christian religious leaders criticized the government’s decision to decriminalize sodomy on the grounds that it violated Catholic beliefs. Although the constitution prohibits compulsory religious education, non-Catholic students in public schools providing Catholic instruction did not have access to alternative activities during those classes.
An interfaith grouping, the Seychelles Interfaith Council (SIFCO), commented publicly on national issues including the decriminalization of sodomy, drugs, and HIV/AIDS. Ruling party supporters criticized the Anglican bishop when he said there were a number of irregularities in the second round of the Presidential elections.
The U.S. embassy in Mauritius monitored religious freedom through regular engagement with representatives of different religious groups.