The constitution provides for the separation of religion and state, and stipulates all persons are entitled to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, except as required by law to protect public safety or order or the rights of others. It also provides for equal protection under the law. The government discouraged traditional and religious burial rites due to the epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD).
There were sporadic, localized quarrels between religious and traditional groups, but because ethnicity and religion were often closely linked, it was difficult to categorize incidents as solely based on religious identity. Unlike the previous year, there were no reports of incidents of religious intolerance in Lofa County.
The U.S. Ambassador and embassy representatives encouraged government officials and religious leaders to continue to promote religious freedom and tolerance and organized outreach to Muslim youth, including a discussion on religious tolerance. Embassy representatives worked with religious groups and charities and traditional chiefs and elders who practiced indigenous religious beliefs in efforts to combat EVD, including sharing information on safe funeral and burial practices.