The constitution prohibits religious discrimination and stipulates individuals are free to profess and practice their religion. Registration is required for religious groups to have legal status. Muslim leaders continued to report that some publicly funded Christian mission schools required female Muslim students to remove their hijab and required Muslim students to participate in Christian worship services, and there were also continued reports that publicly funded Muslim mission schools required female Christian students to wear hijabs. These practices occurred despite a Ministry of Education directive prohibiting them.
Muslim and Christian leaders continued to emphasize the importance of religious freedom and tolerance. For example, representatives of the national chief imam made statements emphasizing the importance of fostering interfaith communication. In September a cross section of religious leaders from the Upper West Region inaugurated the Wa Christian-Muslim Dialogue Committee, a forum to mitigate conflict and promote interfaith understanding.
The U.S. embassy continued to engage with government officials to emphasize the importance of mutual understanding, religious tolerance, and respect for all religious groups. The embassy urged the government to restart dialogue with religious communities regarding concerns over religious accommodations in publicly funded, religiously affiliated schools. The embassy discussed religious freedom and tolerance with religious leaders and community organizations and sponsored several events to promote interfaith dialogue and tolerance. For example, in June the Ambassador hosted an iftar with religious leaders from various faiths during which he emphasized the importance of nurturing interfaith understanding and protecting religious freedom as foundations of peace and security.