The constitution prohibits religious discrimination, provides for freedom of religion, bans the use of religion for political ends, and stipulates impositions on freedom of conscience stemming from “religious fanaticism” shall be punishable by law. The government required religious groups to register and approved all eight registration applications submitted by religious groups during the year.
There were unconfirmed reports of private expressions of concern by some religious leaders over the potential for religious tensions resulting from the rapid increase in the Muslim population due to conversions and an influx of refugees from neighboring Central African Republic. Catholic and Muslim leaders, however, said they had not received any reports of religiously motivated incidents or actions directed against the Islamic community.
The U.S. embassy promoted religious freedom in interactions with leaders in the government, civil society, and several religious groups.