The constitution provides protections for religious freedom with “reasonable restrictions” to ensure public order and the rights of other individuals. The constitution provides for the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and belief and to the free exercise of religion. Ahmadi Muslims continued to report some difficulties in receiving government approval for conducting community-sponsored social welfare projects and in obtaining meetings with government officials.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said the societal religious intolerance its members encountered stemmed from international news reports that linked Islam to terrorism. The Ahmadi leaders said they sought to present Islam as a religion of peace by having their foreign missionaries and local converts seek the general social welfare.
U.S. embassy officials discussed religious freedom with the government and religious leaders throughout the year. The Ambassador spoke at the Third Annual National Conference of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in Majuro. The organizers said the objective of the conference was to promote a better understanding of the Ahmadis as a peaceful and contributing element of society so as to reduce societal suspicion and promote greater freedom for the community.