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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Catholic

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Catholic (56.4%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 no [Article 10(1)]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 41(1)]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Articles 23(2), 41(2)]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 2010
Last Amended3 (n/a)
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Source is an English translation, edited by ARDA staff.
Current as of3 August 24, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Article 10. Secular state.

(1) The Republic of Angola shall be a secular state and there shall be separation between state and church, under the terms of the law.

(2) The state shall recognise and respect the different religious faiths, which shall be free to organise and exercise their activities, provided that they abide by the Constitution and the laws of the Republic of Angola.

(3) The state shall protect churches and faiths and their places and objects of worship, provided that they do not threaten the Constitution and public order and abide by the Constitution and the law.

Article 17. Political parties.

(3) Through their objectives, programmes and activities, political parties must contribute towards:

(f) The defence of … the secular nature of the state.

Article 23. Principle of equality.

(2) No-one may be discriminated against, privileged, deprived of any right or exempted from any duty on the basis of … religion … ideological or philosophical beliefs …

Article 41. Freedom of conscience, religion and worship.

(1) Freedom of conscience, religion and worship shall be inviolable.

(2) No-one shall be deprived of their rights, persecuted or exempted from obligations due to their religious beliefs or philosophical … convictions.

(3) Under the terms of the law, the right to be a conscientious objector shall be guaranteed.

(4) No authority shall question anyone with regard to their convictions or religious practices, except in order to gather statistical data that cannot be individually identified.

Article 58. Limitation or suspension of rights, freedoms and guarantees.

(5) Under no circumstances may the declaration of a state of war, siege or emergency affect:

(g) Freedom of conscience and religion.

Article 67. Guarantees in criminal proceedings.

(4) Defendants and prisoners shall have the right to receive visits from their … religious counsellor and to correspond with them …

Article 69. Habeas data.

(1) [Establishes right of people to access and correct state-held records on themselves]

(2) The recording and processing of data referring to … philosophical or ideological beliefs, religious faith … for discriminatory purposes shall be prohibited.

Article 236. Material limits.

Alterations to the Constitution must respect:

(e) Essential core rights, freedoms and guarantees;

(g) The secular nature of the state and the principle of the separation of church and 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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