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Religious Freedom Indexes1

Government Regulation of Religion Index: Average government regulation score over ARDA researchers' coding of 2003, 2005 and 2008 U.S. Department of State's International Religious Freedom Reports (0-10, lower means less regulation)
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Government Favoritism of Religion Index: Average government favoritism score over ARDA researchers' coding of 2003, 2005 and 2008 U.S. Department of State's International Religious Freedom Reports (0-10, lower means less favoritism)
South-Eastern Asia



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Social Regulation of Religion Index: Average social regulation score over ARDA researchers' coding of 2003, 2005 and 2008 U.S. Department of State's International Religious Freedom Reports (0-10, lower means less regulation)
South-Eastern Asia



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Government and Religion

South-Eastern Asia World
Does the government generally respect the right to freedom of religion? (0 yes, 1 mostly, 2 no)1 -- --
Is freedom of religion protected?1 -- --
2008 Religion and State Score (0-100, lower means less interaction and greater separation of religion and state)3 37.2 32.6
2008 Composite measure of regulation and restrictions on majority of religion or all religions (0-87, lower means less government activity)3 23.1 20.7
2008 Composite measure of religious discrimination against minority religions (0-90, lower is less discrimination)3 21.9 22.7
2008 Composite measure of religious legislation (0-51, lower scores indicate lower levels of religious legislation)3 17.6 11.3

Other Pertinent Measures2

South-Eastern Asia World
2009 Civil Liberties Scale (1-7, lower is more freedom) 4.5 3.2
2009 Freedom of Expression and Belief score (0-16, lower is less freedom) 8.4 11.3
2009 Associational and Organizational Rights score (0-12, lower is less freedom) 4.5 7.8

Sources

1.  The article by Brian Grim and Roger Finke describes the coding of the U.S. State Departmentís International Religious Freedom reports. The 2003, 2005, and 2008 reports were coded by researchers at the Association of Religion Data Archives. The GRI, GFI and SRI values reported on the National Profiles are averages from the 2003, 2005, and 2008 International Religious Freedom reports, while the Religious Persecution measure is an average from the 2005 and 2008 reports. All other measures derived from the International Religious Freedom reports were coded from the reports 2008. A data file with all of the 2008 coding, as well as data files with other cross national collections are available for preview and download from the data archive on this site. Used with permission.

2.  Freedom House is an independent non-governmental organization that offers measures of the extent to which governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, belief and respect for the rights of minorities and women are guaranteed. A dataset with these and the other international measures highlighted on the country pages can be downloaded from this website. Used with permission.

3.  The Religion and State (RAS) Project is a university-based project located at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. Its goal is to create a set of measures that systematically gauge the intersection between government and religion. Specifically, it examines government religion policy. Round 2 of the RAS dataset measures the extent of government involvement in religion (GIR) or the lack thereof for 175 states on a yearly basis between 1990 and 2008. This constitutes all countries with populations of 250,000 or more as well as a sampling of smaller states. This dataset, featuring this and other international measures highlighted on the country pages, may be previewed and here. Used with permission.


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