Namibia
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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Western Christian

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Protestant (incl. Anglican, Pentecostal) (70%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 no [Article 1(1)]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 21(1)(b,c)]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 10(2)]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 1990
Last Amended3 2014
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Original was written in English, edited by ARDA staff.
Current as of3 August 26, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

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Whereas the said rights include the right of the individual to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, regardless of ... religion, creed ...

... have resolved to constitute the Republic of Namibia as a ... secular ... State ...

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Article 1. Establishment of the Republic of Namibia and identification of its territory.

(1) The Republic of Namibia is hereby established as a ... secular ... State ...

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Article 10. Equality and freedom from discrimination.

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(2) No persons may be discriminated against on the grounds of ... religion, creed ...

Article 14. Family.

(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to ... religion, creed ... shall have the right to marry and to found a family. They shall be entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.

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Article 19. Culture.

Every person shall be entitled to enjoy, practice, profess, maintain and promote any ... religion subject to the terms of this Constitution and further subject to the condition that the rights protected by this Article do not impinge upon the rights of others or the national interest.

Article 20. Education

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(4) All persons shall have the right, at their own expense, to establish and to maintain private schools, or colleges or other institutions of tertiary education: provided that:

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(c) no restrictions of whatever nature are imposed with respect to the admission of pupils based on ... creed;

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Article 21. Fundamental freedoms.

(1) All persons shall have the right to:

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(b) freedom of thought, conscience and belief ...

(c) freedom to practise any religion and to manifest such practice;

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Article 97.

The State shall, where it is reasonable to do so, grant asylum to persons who reasonably fear persecution on the ground of their ... religion ...


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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