Freedom of Religion Summary Measures
|Religious Freedom Scale (Marshall, 2007) 1-7, low is more freedom3||7.0||5.8||4.0|
|2008 Religious Freedom (Coded by the ARDA from U.S. State Dept. International Religious Freedom Reports)1||Religious freedom does not seem to exist||--||--|
|2008 Freedom of Religion, CIRI Human Rights Data Project4||Severe/widespread gov. restriction on religious practice||--||--|
Government and Religion
|Does the government generally respect the right to freedom of religion? (0 yes, 1 mostly, 2 no)1||No||--||--|
|Is freedom of religion protected?1||No||--||--|
|2002 Religion and State Score (0-100, lower means less interaction and greater separation of religion and state)5||65.1||38.1||24.4|
|2002 Regulation and Restrictions on Majority Religion or All Religions (0-33, lower means less government activity)5||4.0||5.5||2.8|
|2002 Religious Discrimination Toward Minorities (0-48, lower is less discrimination)5||29.0||11.6||5.6|
|2002 Proportion of country's laws influenced by religion/based directly on religious codes (0=No religious laws are legislated as law, 1=Most aspects of law are secular but there are isolated instances of religious legislation, 2=Substantial portion of laws are religious, or state law based in great part on religious law but isn't 100% religious law, 3=State law is religious law)5||Substantial portion of laws are religious (but not 100%)||--||--|
Other Pertinent Measures2
|2009 Civil Liberties Scale (1-7, lower is more freedom)||4.0||4.9||3.2|
|2009 Freedom of Expression and Belief score (0-16, lower is less freedom)||8.0||6.9||11.3|
|2009 Associational and Organizational Rights score (0-12, lower is less freedom)||6.0||4.8||7.8|
1. The article by Brian Grim and Roger Finke describes the coding of the U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom reports. The 2003, 2005 and 2008 reports were coded by researchers at the Association of Religion Data Archives, who will also code future reports as they become available. The GRI, GFI and SRI values reported on the National Profiles are averages from the 2003, 2005 and 2008 International Religious Freedom reports, while the Religious Persecution measure is an average from the 2005 and 2008 reports. All other measures derived from the International Religious Freedom reports were coded from the reports for 2008. A dataset with these and the other international measures highlighted on the country pages can be downloaded from this website. Used with permission.
2. Freedom House is an independent non-governmental organization that offers measures of the extent to which governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, belief and respect for the rights of minorities and women are guaranteed. A dataset with these and the other international measures highlighted on the country pages can be downloaded from this website. Used with permission.
3. The Center for Religious Freedom joined Hudson Institute in January 2007, following a ten-year affiliation with Freedom House. Founded in 1941 by Eleanor Roosevelt and Wendell Willkie to oppose Nazism and Communism in Europe, Freedom House is America's oldest human rights group. Its Center for Religious Freedom defends against religious persecution of all groups throughout the world. It insists that U.S. foreign policy defend Christians and Jews, Muslim dissidents and minorities, and other religious minorities. This scale was originally published by Paul Marshall (2000) in his book Religious Freedom in the World: A Global Report on Freedom and Persecution (Broadman and Holman). A dataset with these and the other international measures highlighted on the country pages can be downloaded from this website. Used with permission.
Cingranelli-Richards (CIRI) Human Rights Dataset contains standards-based quantitative information on government respect for 15 internationally recognized human rights for 195 countries, annually from 1981-2009. It is designed for use by scholars and students who seek to test theories about the causes and consequences of human rights violations, as well as policy makers and analysts who seek to estimate the human rights effects of a wide variety of institutional changes and public policies including democratization, economic aid, military aid, structural adjustment, and humanitarian intervention. The full CIRI Human Rights Dataset can be accessed through the above link. Used with permission.
5. The Religion and State (RAS) Project is a university-based project located at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. Its goal is to create a set of measures that systematically gauge the intersection between government and religion. Specifically, it examines government religion policy. Round 1 of the RAS dataset measures the extent of government involvement in religion (GIR) or the lack thereof for 175 states on a yearly basis between 1990 and 2002. This dataset, featuring this and other international measures highlighted on the country pages may be downloaded from this website. Used with permission.