The constitution and other laws and policies generally protect religious freedom.
The constitution protects the right of individuals to choose and change their religion and to interpret their religious beliefs for themselves.
The constitution provides for separation of church and state and prohibits the state from imposing religious beliefs and practices.
Violations of religious freedom are crimes subject to penalties of between three months and three years in prison.
Although there is no state religion, the government grants privileges to the Roman Catholic Church that other groups do not receive.
The constitution and the law require that all associations, whether religious or secular, register with the Ministry of Justice. The constitutional registration criteria state that an association may not: be armed, promote violence, racism, xenophobia, or dictatorship, nor be in violation of penal law. Registered groups may apply for loans and benefits, both government and private, offered to associations. To register, a religious group must submit a copy of its charter and statutes signed by its members. Failure to register does not result in any restriction of religious practice.