The constitution prohibits religious discrimination, stipulates individuals are free to profess and practice their religion, and does not designate a state religion. Registration is required for religious groups to have legal status.
Religious groups and lawmakers reported that work had stalled on a proposed regulatory framework that would clarify individual religious rights and the responsibilities of publicly financed institutions, particularly in elementary and secondary schools. Protestant pastors representing mainline denominations said they recognized concerns regarding independent “self-styled” pastors accused of sexual misconduct, financial exploitation, and other abuses, but they opposed any legislation that would regulate religious practice. Construction on an interdenominational national Christian cathedral, projected to cost $100 million, halted due to financial constraints after a scandal indicated public funds had been spent on the project without parliamentary approval. Government officials proposed spending 80 million cedis ($8.2 million) in its annual budget proposal to continue construction, and opposition to the proposal intensified.
Muslim and Christian leaders continued to emphasize the importance of religious freedom and tolerance and reported communication and coordination among themselves on a wide array of matters. They also exchanged gifts and donations with other religious groups and publicized calls emphasizing tolerance and peace.
U.S. embassy representatives discussed with government officials the importance of mutual understanding, religious tolerance, and respect for all religious groups. Embassy officers discussed religious freedom and tolerance with religious leaders, including engagement with the National Peace Council and regional peace councils, whose governing councils included prominent religious leaders. In May, the Ambassador encouraged religious freedom and interfaith harmony in a social media post marking Eid al-Fitr. In July, the Ambassador made Eid al-Adha donations to the National Chief Imam. The Ambassador and other embassy officials routinely met with religious leaders, including from the charismatic Christian, mainline Protestant, and Catholic communities, as well as all major Muslim groups.