Bolivia
 National Profiles > Regions > South America > Bolivia
Search National Profiles:

  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Catholic

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Catholic (69.6%)

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 [Articles 4, 21(3)]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 14(II)]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 2009
Last Amended3 (n/a)
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 July 19, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

… We populated this sacred Mother Earth

with the strength of our Pachamama and with gratefulness to God

Article 4.

The State respects and guarantees freedom of religion and spiritual beliefs, according to their view of the world. The State is independent of religion.

Article 14.

(II) The State prohibits and punishes all forms of discrimination based on … religious belief … that attempts to or results in the annulment of or harm to the equal recognition, enjoyment or exercise of the rights of all people.

Article 21.

Bolivians have the following rights:

(3) To freedom of belief, spirituality, religion and cult, expressed individually or collectively, in public and in private, for legal purposes.

Article 30.

(II) … the nations and rural native indigenous peoples enjoy the following rights:

(2) To their cultural identity, religious belief, spiritualities, practices and customs, and their own world view.

Article 86. [Pertaining to education]

Freedom of thought, faith and religious education, as well as the spirituality of the nations and the rural native indigenous peoples, shall be recognized and guaranteed in the educational centers. Mutual respect and coexistence among persons of diverse religions shall be promoted, without dogmatic imposition. There shall be no discrimination on the basis of religious choice with respect to the acceptance and permanence of students in these centers.

Article 87.

The operation of contracted educational units for purposes of social service, which offer free access and are non-profit, shall be recognized and respected. They shall operate under the supervision of public authorities, respecting the right of the administration of religious entities over said educational units …

Article 99.

(III) The natural, architectural, paleontological, historic, and documentary riches, and those derived from religious cults and folklore, are cultural patrimony of the Bolivian people, in accordance with the law.

Article 104.

Everyone has the right to sports, physical culture and recreation. The State guarantees access to sports without distinction as to … religion …

Article 238.

Persons who fall within the following grounds are ineligibility to hold elective public office:

(5) The ministers of any religious cult who have not resigned at least three months prior to the date of the election.

Article 304.

The rural native indigenous autonomies shall exercise the following exclusive authorities:

(10) Tangible and intangible cultural patrimony. The safeguard, stimulation and promotion of its … religious and cultural places …


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.

Bookmark and Share