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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Mixed Catholic, Sunni

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Catholic (43.9%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 no [Article 4]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 37]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 16]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 2003
Last Amended3 2015
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Original was written in English.
Current as of3 August 22, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Article 4. The Republic.

The Rwandan State is [a] ... secular Republic.

Article 16. Protection from discrimination.

...

Discrimination of any kind or its propaganda based on ... religion or faith ... are prohibited and punishable by law.

Article 17. Right to marry and found a family.

[Recognizes marriage between one man and one woman only.]

Article 37. Freedom of conscience and religion.

Freedom of thought, conscience, religion, worship and public manifestation thereof is guaranteed by the State in accordance with the law.

Propagation of ethnic, regional, racial discrimination or any other form of division is punished by law.

Article 57. Prohibitions for political organisations.

Political organisations are prohibited from basing themselves on ... religion ...

Article 136. State of siege and state of emergency.

...

A declaration of a state of siege or state of emergency cannot under any circumstances violate ... freedom of conscience and religion.

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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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