The constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom and, in practice, the government generally respected religious freedom. The government did not demonstrate a trend toward either improvement or deterioration in respect for and protection of the right to religious freedom.
There were no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice.
The U.S. government discussed religious freedom with the government as part of its overall policy to promote human rights. The U.S. embassy in Bissau suspended operations at the start of the 1998 civil war. The U.S. embassy in Dakar, Senegal, handled all official contact with the country.