The constitution provides for the freedom to practice, change, and proselytize for the individual and community. It also provides for the freedom to establish noncompulsory religious instruction. These provisions can be made subject to laws “reasonably required” to protect the rights of others or for defense or public safety, order, morality, or health. No such laws have been reported.
All religious groups must register with the government. Religious groups are required to apply in writing to the Registrar of Companies for a certificate of registration. The registrar will issue a certificate when satisfied that the nature, extent, objectives, and circumstances of the applicant are noncommercial. There have been no reports of groups being denied registration.
The public school curriculum included an hour of daily religious instruction, the content of which is agreed by the member churches of the Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA), an ecumenical nongovernmental organization comprising the county’s five largest churches. Parents were able to have their children excused from religious education. Government‑subsidized church schools were required to align their other curricula with governmental criteria. Non‑Christian religious instruction was provided in the schools upon request.