Moroccan laws and policies regarding religion and religious organizations apply in the approximately 85 percent of the Western Sahara administered by Morocco. The Front for the Liberation of Saguia el Hamra and Rio de Oro (POLISARIO), a Sahrawi independence movement based in Algeria, administers the part of the territory not under Moroccan administration. According to the Moroccan constitution, Islam is the religion of the state, and the state guarantees freedom of thought, expression, assembly, and the free exercise of beliefs. Moroccan law penalizes the use of enticements to convert a Muslim to another religion, prohibits criticism of Islam, and prohibits political parties from infringing upon Islam. There were no reports of significant government actions affecting religious freedom in either the territory administered by Morocco or the territory administered by the POLISARIO.
There were no reports of significant societal actions affecting religious freedom.
U.S. embassy officials discussed religious freedom and tolerance issues with Moroccan officials.