The constitution protects freedom of conscience, including freedom of thought and religion. Certain types of religious headdress are permitted in photographs for national identity documents, provided the face is visible and not shadowed. The criminal code prohibits written blasphemous, vulgar language.
The government funds public schools administered by long-established Christian denominations, including the Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Seventh-day Adventists and Mennonite communities. In accordance with the constitution’s protections for freedom of conscience and religion, students at such schools are not obliged to attend religion classes.
There were no reports of significant government or societal actions affecting religious freedom.
Embassy officials engaged government officials and members of the country’s religious communities to discuss religious freedom in law and in practice.