The constitution provides for freedom of religion, including the right to choose and change one’s religion. An individual may, “alone or in community with others, and both in public and in private, [establish or share] his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.” The government limited the number of visas for foreign representatives of religious groups based on historical trends, the relative size of the group, and the president’s discretion; however, religious groups reported the visa quotas allotted to them did not affect their activities adversely, as the visa-limitation rule was rarely applied stringently.
There were no reports of significant societal actions affecting religious freedom.
U.S. embassy officials met with representatives of major religious groups. Embassy representatives attended events hosted by Muslim and Hindu communities, including Eid and Diwali celebrations. Embassy officials engaged in social media discussions about religious freedom and tolerance after these events. The embassy hosted Muslim community leaders for an iftar and discussions on religious freedom