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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Sunni

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Sunni Muslim (81.2%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 no [Article 3]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 30]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 8]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 2010
Last Amended3 2017
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 August 2, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Article 3.

... [The Republic of Niger’s] fundamental principles are:

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the separation of the State and of religion;

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Article 8.

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[The Republic of Niger] assures to all equality before the law without distinction of ... religious origin.

It respects and protects all beliefs. No religion, no belief can arrogate the political power or interfere in the affairs of State.

All ... manifestation of ... religious discrimination [] are punished by the law.

Article 9.

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The political parties with [a] ... religious character are prohibited. No party may be knowingly created with the purpose of promoting [a] ... religion, under penalty of the sanctions provided by the law.

Article 17.

Each one has the right to the free development of his personality in its ... religious dimensions, provided that he does not violate the rights of others, or infringe the constitutional order, the law or morality.

Article 30.

Any person has the right to freedom ... of religion and of worship [culte].

The State guarantees the free exercise of worship and the expression of beliefs [croyances].

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Article 50.

Before entering into [his] functions, the President of the Republic takes an oath on the Holy Book [Livre Saint] of his confession ... [The oath include religious imagery and makes no provision for irreligion]

Article 74.

Before entering into [his] functions, the Prime Minister takes ... on the Holy Book of his confession, the following oath: ... [The oath include religious imagery and makes no provision for irreligion]

Article 89.

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Before entering into [his] functions, the President of the National Assembly takes an oath on the Holy Book of his confession ... in these terms: ... [The oath include religious imagery and makes no provision for irreligion]

Article 124.

Before entering into [their] functions, the members of the Constitutional Court take an oath on the Holy Book [Livre Saint] of their confession ... these terms: ... [The oath include religious imagery and makes no provision for irreligion]

Article 175.

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The ... principle of the separation of State and religion ... may not be made the object of any revision.

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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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