The transitional government established after the resignation of President Compaore had not announced or implemented any measures affecting religious freedom by year’s end.
The former government gave all religious groups equal access to registration and routinely approved their applications.
The former government did not fund religious schools, nor did it require them to pay taxes unless they conducted for-profit activities. Likewise, the former government taxed religious groups only if they engaged in commercial activities, such as farming or dairy production.
The former government allocated 75 million CFA francs ($139,200) annually to each of the Muslim, Catholic and Protestant communities. According to the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Security, the government may have provided an additional subsidy when the religious community or organization pursued a mission of general interest, such as education, health, or vocational training; when the religious community conducted an activity of national interest, such as promoting peace or social stability; or when the success or failure of an activity may have affected a significant part of the population, as in the case of religious pilgrimages. For example, the former government partially subsidized travel costs for the 5,500 Muslim pilgrims going on the Hajj in 2014 so that the cost to the travelers would be the same as in previous years.
Following dissent by the political opposition and civil society, including some religious groups, the former government continued to postpone implementation of a law enacted in 2013 creating a senate that would include representatives of the Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim communities.
After the resignation of Compaore, representatives of these three religious communities were included in the discussions with the military, political parties, and civil society organizations to create a charter for the country’s transitional government. Representatives of religious groups were included in the transitional government as members of a “college” formed to select the president of the transitional government.