Sao Tome and Principe
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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Catholic

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Catholic (66.5%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 no [Article 8]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 27]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 15(1)]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 1975
Last Amended3 2003
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 August 2, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Article 8. Lay state.

The Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe is a lay State, within it existing a separation of the State with respect to all religious institutions.

Article 15. Principles of equality.

(1) All citizens are equal before the law, enjoy the same rights and are subject to the same obligations without distinction as to ... religious belief ...

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Article 27. Freedom of conscience, religion and worship.

(1) Freedom of conscience, religion and worship is inviolable.

(2) No one may be persecuted, deprived of right or exempted from civic obligations or duties because of his convictions or practice of religion.

(3) No one may be questioned by any authority about his convictions or religious practices except for the collection of statistical data not individually identifiable nor be prejudiced for refusing to answer.

(4) Religious confessions are free in worship, in education and in their organization.

Article 31. The right to learn and the freedom of teach.

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(2) The State may not reserve for itself the right to plan education and culture according to any ... religious policies.

Article 154. Material limits on revision.

The following may not be the subject of a revision to the Constitution:

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(b) The secular status of the State;

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Sources

1.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Government Religious Preference (GRP) measures government-level favoritism toward, and disfavor against, 30 religious denominations. A series of ordered categorical variables index the state's institutional favoritism in 28 different ways. The variables are combined to form five composite indices for five broad components of state-religion: official status, religious education, financial support, regulatory burdens, and freedom of practice. The five components' composites in turn are further combined into a single composite score, the GRP score. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

2.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Demographics reports annual estimates of religious demographics, both country by country and region by region. It estimates populations and percentages of adherents of 100 religious denominations including second level subdivisions within Christianity and Islam. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

3.  Text from country constitutions was copied from primary documents obtained online using a variety of sources, including the Constitute Project, World Constitutions Illustrated, and government sources. When the text was in a language other than English, it was translated to English by ARDA staff or with web-based translation utilities such as Google Translate. Emphases were added to the text by ARDA staff to differentiate religious content from non-religious content. Text is current to the date listed in the "Current as of" field shown above. Please contact us at support@thearda.com if you are aware of any incorrect information provided on this page.

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