The constitution protects freedom of conscience, including freedom of thought and of religion. The prime minister, at the request of Chabad-Lubavitch, named a chief rabbi in March which facilitated the opening of a Chabad Center to serve the country’s Jewish population.
There were no reports of significant societal actions affecting religious freedom.
The U.S. Charge d’Affaires and embassy staff met with the government and members of the country’s religious communities to discuss religious freedom in law and in practice. The Charge also attended the holiday celebrations of minority religious groups as an expression of support for tolerance and religious freedom.