Kyrgyzstan
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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Sunni

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Sunni Muslim (82.8%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 no [Article 1]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 32]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 16(2)]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 2010
Last Amended3 2016
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 October 2, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

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... Aspiring to ... ensure ... spiritual development of the people;

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Article 1.

The Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan) is a ... secular ... state ...

Article 4.

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(4) The following shall be prohibited in the Kyrgyz Republic:

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(3) creation of political parties on religious ... basis as well as pursuit of political goals by religious associations;

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(5) activity of ... religious organizations, their representations and branches in the event that such structures pursue political goals aimed at forced change of the constitutional setup, undermining national security, incitement of social, racial, inter-national, inter-ethnic and religious hatred.

Article 7.

(1) No religion in the Kyrgyz Republic shall be recognized as the state or mandatory one.

(2) Religion and all cults shall be separated from the state.

(3) The involvement of religious associations and ministers of religion in the activity of state authorities shall be prohibited.

Article 16.

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(2) No one may be subject to discrimination on the basis of ... belief ...

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Article 20.

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(4) The following guarantees of prohibition established by the present Constitution shall not be subject to any limitations:

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(7) On coercion to express ... religious ... beliefs or denial thereof;

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(5) The following rights established in the present Constitution, shall not be subject to any limitation whatsoever:

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(5) That of freedom of choice and possessing religious or other beliefs;

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Article 31.

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(4) The propagation of ... religious hatred ... shall be prohibited.

Article 32.

(1) Everyone shall be guaranteed freedom of conscience and belief.

(2) Everyone shall have the right to confess individually or jointly with other persons any religion or not to confess religion.

(3) Everyone shall have the right to freely choose and have religions and other convictions.

(4) No one may be forced to express his/her religious and other convictions or deny them.

Article 36.

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(2) Each child shall have the right to the level of life, necessary for his/her ... spiritual ... development.

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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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