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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Western Christian

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Protestant (incl. Anglican, Pentecostal) (37.7%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 not stated
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 60(1)]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 56(3)]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 2013
Last Amended3 207
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Original was written in English.
Current as of3 August 24, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

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Acknowledging the supremacy of Almighty God, in whose hands our future lies,

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And, imploring the guidance and support of Almighty God, ...

Article 3. Founding values and principles.

(1) Zimbabwe is founded on respect for the following values and principles---

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(d) the nation’s diverse ... religious and traditional values;

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(2) The principles of good governance, which bind the State and all institutions and agencies of government at every level, include---

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(i) recognition of the rights of---

(i) ... religious groups;

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Article 50. Rights of arrested and detained persons.

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(5) Any person who is detained, including a sentenced prisoner, has the right---

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(c) to communicate with, and be visited by---

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(iii) their chosen religious counsellor;

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Article 56. Equality and non-discrimination.

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(3) Every person has the right not to be treated in an unfairly discriminatory manner on such grounds as their ... religious belief ...

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Article 60. Freedom of conscience.

(1) Every person has the right to freedom of conscience, which includes---

(a) freedom of thought, opinion, religion or belief; and

(b) freedom to practise and propagate and give expression to their thought, opinion, religion or belief, whether in public or in private and whether alone or together with others.

(2) No person may be compelled to take an oath that is contrary to their religion or belief or to take an oath in a manner that is contrary to their religion or belief.

(3) Parents and guardians of minor children have the right to determine, in accordance with their beliefs, the moral and religious upbringing of their children, provided they do not prejudice the rights to which their children are entitled under this Constitution, including their rights to education, health, safety and welfare.

(4) Any religious community may establish institutions where religious instruction may be given, even if the institution receives a subsidy or other financial assistance from the State.


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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