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Features of Constitution1

Is there a constitution? Yes
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion? Yes


Constitution Year 2010
Last Amended not amended
Source Republic of Guinea, but see note below
Translation Unofficial translation by ARDA staff from French source
Current as of May 11, 2011

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)2

[ARDA Note: As of September 12, 2011, the official website of the government of Guinea is not accessible. A French-language version of the constitution of Guinea may be also accessed at Digitheque MJP.]

Article 1

Guinea is a unitary, indivisible, secular, democratic and social republic.
It ensures equality before the law for all citizens regardless of origin, race, ethnicity, sex, religion and opinion.
It respects all beliefs.

Article 3

Political parties contribute to the political education of citizens, to the animation of the political life and in the exercise of the vote. They only present candidates in national elections.
They must be established throughout the country. They should not be identified with a particular race, ethnicity, religion or region.

Article 4

The law punishes anyone who, through an act of racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination, by an act of regionalist propaganda, or by other acts undermines national unity, the security of the state, the territorial integrity of the Republic or the democratic functioning of institutions.

Article 7

Everyone is free to believe, think and profess his religious faith, political views and philosophy.

Article 8

All human beings are equal before the law. Men and women have equal rights.
No person shall be favored or disadvantaged because of her sex, birth, race, ethnicity, language, beliefs and political, religious, or philosophical opinions.

Article 11

Any person who is persecuted for his political, philosophical or religious opinions, race, ethnicity, intellectual, scientific or cultural activities, for the defense of freedom has the right to asylum on the territory of the Republic.

Article 14

The free exercise of religion is guaranteed, subject to compliance with the law and public order. Religious institutions and communities are created and administered freely.

Article 154

The republican form of government, the principle of secularity, the principal of the unity of the state, the principle of separation and balance of powers, political and trade union pluralism, and the number and duration of the appointments of the President of the Republic cannot be reviewed.


1.  Data under the "Features of Constitution" heading are drawn from coding of the U.S. State Department's 2008 International Religious Freedom Reports conducted by researchers at the Association of Religion Data Archives. The article by Brian Grim and Roger Finke describes the coding of the International Religious Freedom reports. A dataset with these and the other international measures highlighted on the country pages can be downloaded from this website. Used with permission.

2.  The constitutional excerpts shown above are reproduced from the websites given in the "Source" field; the links to these websites were active as of May 2011. Where the constitutional text shown on these websites was provided in a language other than English, this text was translated to English by ARDA staff with assistance from web-based translation utilities such as Google Translate and Yahoo! Babel Fish. Constitutional text was converted to American English where applicable. Constitutional clauses were judged to contain religious content based largely on the standards used in the construction of the Religion and State Constitutions Dataset collected by Jonathan Fox. Emphases were added to the text by ARDA staff to highlight religious content in articles that also contain content that does not pertain to matters of religion. The data on this page were correct to the best of the knowledge of the ARDA as of the date listed in the "Current as of" field shown above. Please contact us at if you are aware of any incorrect information provided on this page.

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