The constitution gives individuals the right to choose, change, and freely practice their religion, and prohibits discrimination based on religion. It recognizes the historic role of the Catholic Church; some religious groups expressed concern that the government disproportionately supported Catholic schools. The government requires all religious groups to register with the Vice Ministry of Worship (VMW) in the Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC).
Labor unions and human rights organizations reported Mennonite employers, often the predominant source of employment in the remote areas of the Chaco region, continued to favor indigenous laborers who had converted to the Mennonite faith over those who had not.
U.S. embassy representatives met with the VMW to discuss issues such as employment discrimination based on religious preference and state support to the Catholic Church. Embassy officials also met frequently with representatives of various religious groups to show support for interfaith respect and dialogue.