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 Ekalesia A Kelisiano Tuvalu (the Congregational Christian Church of Tuvalu or EKT) as the state church and allows it to conduct “special services on major events.” In January the government announced the establishment of a national action plan on human rights that included the affirmation of freedom of expression, opinion, thought, and religion. Traditional island councils reportedly continued to discourage public meetings of several minority religious groups, and religious bans by traditional leaders remained in place.
On some outer islands, traditional leaders reportedly worked actively against nontraditional religious groups.
The U.S. Ambassador to Fiji is accredited to the government in Tuvalu, and the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji, promoted religious tolerance in meetings with the Attorney General’s Office and local religious leaders.