The constitution provides for freedom of religion, and both the constitution and the penal code prohibit discrimination based on religion. Any violation can be brought before a court of justice. Religious groups are not legally required to register but those that do may receive financial support from the government. The government provided limited subsidies to a number of elementary and secondary schools established and managed by various religious groups.
The Inter-Religious Council (IRIS), an initiative by some of the country’s religious groups, met monthly to discuss planned interfaith activities and positions on government policies. The IRIS chairman said the council expressed support for freedom of religious practice and encouraged mutual respect among religious groups.
U.S. embassy officials interacted with the Christian, Hindu, and Muslim communities, and exchanged information about religious freedom.