Central African Republic
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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Catholic

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Catholic (42.4%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 no [Articles 24, 25]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 10]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 6]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 2016
Last Amended3 (n/a)
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Source is an English translation, edited by ARDA staff.
Current as of3 August 16, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

Proud of their … religious diversity which contribute to the enrichment of their personality;

Article 6.

All human beings are equal before the law without distinction … of religion …

Article 7.

[Defines marriage as between one man and one woman.]

Article 10.

The freedom … of religion and of beliefs [cultes] are guaranteed to all within the conditions established by the law.

Any form of religious fundamentalism [intégrisme] and intolerance is prohibited.

Article 11.

All citizens are equal concerning employment. No one may be discriminated against in their work or their employment because … of their beliefs.

Article 24.

The Central African Republic is … secular … It recognizes and protects the traditional values in accordance with the law and the Customary Authorities.

Article 25.

The principles of the Republic are:

the separation of the State and of Religion;

Article 31.

[Political parties] are required to promote and to respect the principles of … secularity …, in accordance with the laws and regulations in force.

It is prohibited [for political parties] to identify themselves with … a religion, a sect …

Article 153.

Expressly excluded from revision are:

--the … secular form of 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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