The constitution prohibits religious discrimination and provides for freedom of religion and worship consistent with public order and national unity. It provides for the separation of state and religion and prohibits religiously affiliated political parties. The government monitored religious expression it viewed as potentially threatening. It interrupted an archbishop’s live broadcast on state television in which he appealed to politicians’ faith to ease political tensions. Some government officials required imams to submit their sermons for approval before delivering them.
Some Islamic groups accused politicians of not respecting their religious oaths of office to uphold the constitution and civil activists of denigrating Quranic schooling by working against religious teachers who used children in such activities as forced begging.
The embassy discussed religious freedom, interfaith dialogue, and tolerance with the government. The embassy hosted events and organized outreach activities and exchange programs with religious leaders and civil society to promote religious tolerance and encourage interfaith dialogue.