The constitution provides for the freedom to change religion or belief and the freedom to show and spread religious belief through worship, teaching, observance, or practice. The law designates the Congregational Christian Church as the state church and allows it to conduct “special services on major events.” Traditional island councils reportedly discouraged public meetings of several minority religious groups, and religious bans by traditional leaders remained in place.
On some islands, traditional leaders reportedly worked actively against nontraditional religious groups. The Jehovah’s Witness community on Vaitupu stated it experienced discrimination and that a church member was forced to move off the island after refusing to participate in activities supporting the Congregational Christian Church of Tuvalu.
Although the U.S. government does not maintain an embassy in the country, the U.S. Ambassador to Fiji is accredited to the government. The U.S. Embassy in Suva promoted religious freedom and tolerance on social media and in meetings with the acting attorney general and local religious leaders.