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 continued to criticize the government’s decision to decriminalize sodomy on the grounds that it violated Christian 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. The government regularly consulted with an interfaith grouping, the Seychelles Interfaith Council (SIFCO), on national issues, with members appointed to various boards.
SIFCO commented publicly on national issues, which included an appeal in June to youth to keep away from drugs and applauded the establishment of a ministry responsible for family affairs. SIFCO called on the new minister to help the country return to old family values.
The U.S. embassy in Mauritius monitored religious freedom through regular monitoring of religious groups.