The constitution guarantees freedom of religious belief and affiliation and states the country is not bound to any particular faith. Registration with the government conferred the legal status necessary to perform economic functions and public religious functions such as gaining access to prisoners. While the government did not interfere in the religious activities of unregistered groups, it deprived them of the ability to perform certain economic functions and limited their ability to carry out public religious functions. The government continued its dialogue with religious representatives on changes to government funding for religious groups and on the resolution of remaining restitution cases.
Acts of anti-Semitism persisted among far-right organizations. Various groups in society continued to commemorate the World War II fascist Slovak state and praise its leaders. The Center for Research on Ethnicity and Culture (CVEK), a nongovernmental organization (NGO), said the religious registration law limited the ability of smaller unregistered religious groups to counter negative stereotyping. NGOs reported unregistered groups closely affiliated with immigrant communities were particularly vulnerable to negative stereotyping.
The U.S. embassy discussed the religious registration law and funding change proposals with Ministry of Culture officials. The embassy discussed with NGO representatives the Ministry of Culture’s decision to oppose the registration of the Christian Fellowship religious group. The Ambassador expressed concerns about anti-Semitism to Catholic Church officials.