The constitution provides freedom of religious opinion to all consistent with law and order and prohibits religious discrimination in employment. It forbids speech that encourages religious hatred. The government organized and funded Hajj pilgrimages for Muslims but, unlike previous years, did not provide a similar benefit for adherents of other faiths. The government continued to include Muslim and Catholic leaders in political reconciliation efforts.
There were no reports of significant societal actions affecting religious freedom.
The Ambassador and U.S. embassy representatives met with religious leaders and groups throughout the year to discuss the role they can play in maintaining a climate of tolerance in the run-up to the 2015 presidential elections. Embassy representatives also discussed the importance of religious tolerance with political figures in the government and the opposition. During the year, a Voice of America interactive radio program continued to feature discussion and debate of religious issues on the national Islamic radio station. In October an embassy-sponsored concert promoting tolerance that featured musical groups of different faiths and attracted thousands of attendees in Abidjan.