Peru
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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Catholic

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Catholic (77%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 recognition only [Article 50]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 2(3)]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 2(2)]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 1993
Last Amended3 2015
Source3 World Constitutions Illustrated
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 July 19, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

... invoking Almighty God ...

Article 2.

Every person has the right:

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(2) to equality before the law. No person shall be discriminated on the basis of ... religion ...

(3) to freedom of conscience and religion, in an individual or collective manner. No person shall be persecuted on a basis of his ideas or beliefs. There is no crime of opinion. Public exercise of any faith is free, in so far as it does not constitute an offense against morals or a disturbance of the public peace;

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(18) to keep in private his ... religious ... convictions ...

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Article 14.

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Ethical and civic training and the teaching of the Constitution and of human rights are mandatory in every civil or military educational process. Religious education is provided in keeping with freedom of conscience.

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Article 37.

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Extradition shall not be granted when it is determined that the request was motivated by persecution or punishment on grounds of religion ...

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Article 50.

Within an independent and autonomous system, the State recognizes the Catholic Church as an important element in the historical, cultural, and moral formation of Peru and lends it its cooperation.

The State respects other denominations and may establish forms of collaboration with them.


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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