The 2013 constitution establishes a secular state and protects freedom of religion, conscience, and belief. It also mandates the separation of church and state. In August the government lifted all remaining restrictions on the Methodist Church’s annual conference, fundraising bazaar, and choir competition. In September, however, the prime minister accused the church of conducting political activities in opposition to his government.
There were reports of societal harassment of religious groups viewed by some citizens as outside the mainstream.
In meetings with the government, U.S. embassy officials advocated for religious freedom and abolishing meeting permit requirements for religious and other organizations. Embassy officers discussed religious freedom with various religious groups, and encouraged nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) dedicated to interfaith and civic dialogue.