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Features of Constitution1

Is there a constitution? Yes
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion? Yes

Constitution2

Constitution Year 1993
Last Amended 2011
Source World Intellectual Property Organization
Translation Source is an English translation
Current as of 2010 (2011 amendments not included)

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)2

Preamble

We, the people of Seychelles,
Grateful to Almighty God that we inhabit one of the most beautiful countries in the world;
�Aware and proud that as descendants of different races we have learnt to live together as one Nation under God and can serve as an example for a harmonious multi-racial society;
Invoking the blessing of the Almighty God


Article 21

(1) Every person has a right to freedom of conscience and for the purpose of this article this right includes freedom of thought and religion, freedom to change religion or belief and freedom either alone or in community with others and both in public and private, to manifest and propagate the religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.
(2) The freedom to manifest and propagate a religion or belief may be subject to such limitations as may be prescribed by a law and necessary in a democratic society�
a) in the interests of defense, public safety, public order, public morality or public health; or
b) for the purpose of protecting the rights or freedoms of other persons.
(3) A person attending any place of education shall not be compelled to impart or receive religious instruction or to take part in or attend any religious ceremony or observance.
(4) Subject to this Constitution or any other law, a person shall not be compelled to take any oath that is contrary to the religion or belief of that person or o take any oath in a manner that is contrary to that religion or belief.
(5) A person shall not be required to profess any religion as a qualification for public office.
(6) A law shall not make provision for the establishment of any religion or the imposition of any religious observance.
(7) Anything in this article shall not preclude any religious community or denomination from providing religious instruction for persons of that community or denomination in the course of any education provided by that community or denomination.


Schedule 6: Oaths

Oath of Allegiance

I ����� do swear/solemnly affirm and sincerely declare and affirm/that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Constitution of Seychelles and that I will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of Seychelles.
So help me God


Presidential Oath

I ����� do swear/solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm/that I will faithfully and diligently perform my duties and discharge my functions in the office of President of Seychelles, that I will be faithful to the Republic of Seychelles, that I will uphold the Constitution and the laws of Seychelles, and that I will dedicate my abilities to the service and welfare of the people of Seychelles without fear or favor, affection or ill will.
So help me God


Vice-Presidential Oath

I ����� do swear/solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm/that I will faithfully and diligently perform my duties and discharge my functions in the office of Vice-President, that I will be faithful to the Republic of Seychelles, that I will uphold the Constitution and the laws of Seychelles and that I will dedicate my abilities to the service and welfare of the people of Seychelles without fear or favor, affection or ill will.
So help me God

Sources

1.  Data under the "Features of Constitution" heading are drawn from coding of the U.S. State Department's 2008 International Religious Freedom Reports conducted by researchers at the Association of Religion Data Archives. The article by Brian Grim and Roger Finke describes the coding of the International Religious Freedom reports. A dataset with these and the other international measures highlighted on the country pages can be downloaded from this website. Used with permission.

2.  The constitutional excerpts shown above are reproduced from the websites given in the "Source" field; the links to these websites were active as of May 2011. Where the constitutional text shown on these websites was provided in a language other than English, this text was translated to English by ARDA staff with assistance from web-based translation utilities such as Google Translate and Yahoo! Babel Fish. Constitutional text was converted to American English where applicable. Constitutional clauses were judged to contain religious content based largely on the standards used in the construction of the Religion and State Constitutions Dataset collected by Jonathan Fox. Emphases were added to the text by ARDA staff to highlight religious content in articles that also contain content that does not pertain to matters of religion. The data on this page were correct to the best of the knowledge of the ARDA as of the date listed in the "Current as of" field shown above. Please contact us at arda@pop.psu.edu if you are aware of any incorrect information provided on this page.