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 and as part of a broader engagement on human rights. The U.S. embassy’s most significant engagement with religious groups and faith-based organizations related to an essential role in working toward containing and preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS.