The constitution protects freedom of conscience, including freedom of thought and religion. The criminal code prohibits the publishing and sale of blasphemous language; however, the code is not enforced. The government continued to fund public schools administered by long-established Christian groups, including the Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Seventh-day Adventists, and Mennonite communities. Denominational and ecumenical Christian worship services continued to form part of official festivities on national holidays.
Members of the Jewish and Muslim communities said they met regularly in their respective places of worship and celebrated their religious holidays. The Conference of Churches, an ecumenical body, continued to serve as a forum to promote mutual understanding between religious organizations and hosted interfaith speakers at its meetings. In October a visiting imam from the United Kingdom addressed the group to foster greater understanding among Jews, Christians, Muslims, and other religions.
The Ambassador and the Principal Officer engaged the government on the importance of respect for religious freedom and tolerance and participated in government events that promoted respect for these values. Embassy officials also met with members of the various religious communities to discuss their views on respect for religious diversity and tolerance in the country. The Principal Officer also participated in denominational, ecumenical, Muslim, and Jewish community events to emphasize U.S. government commitment to these issues.