- Religious Freedom
- Religious Regulation
- Religious Support
Preferred Religion (2015)1: Sunni
Majority Religion (2015)2: Sunni Muslim (71.4%)
Features Of Constitution
|Is there a constitution?3||yes|
|Does the constitution state an official religion?3||not stated|
|Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3||yes [Article 24(1)]|
|Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3||yes [Articles 6(2), 13(e), 15]|
|Translation3||Original was written in English.|
|Current as of3||August 3, 2018|
Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3
Article 6. Political objectives.
(2) Accordingly, the State shall promote national integration and unity and discourage discrimination on the grounds of ... religion ...
Article 8. Social objectives.
(3) The State shall direct its policy towards ensuring that---
(b) ... there are adequate facilities ... for ... religious ... life;
Article 13. Duties of the citizen.
Every citizen shall---
(e) respect the dignity and religion of other individuals, and the rights and interests of others;
Article 15. Fundamental human rights and freedoms of the individual.
Whereas every person in Sierra Leone is entitled to the fundamental human rights and freedoms of the individual, that is to say, has the right, whatever his ... creed ..., but subject to respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for the public interest, to each and all of the following---
[Here follow enumerated rights, including:]
(b) freedom of conscience ...
Article 24. Protection of freedom of conscience.
(1) Except with his own consent, no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of conscience and for the purpose of this section the said freedom includes freedom of thought and of religion, freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom either alone or in community with others and both in public and in private to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.
(2) Except with his own consent (or if he is a minor the consent of his parent or guardian) no person attending any place of education shall be required to receive religious instruction or to take part in or to attend any religious ceremony or observance if that instruction, ceremony or observance relates to a religion other than his own.
(3) No religious community or denomination shall be prevented from providing religious instruction for persons of that community or denomination in the course of any education provided by that community or denomination.
(4) No person shall be compelled to take any oath which is contrary to his religion or belief or to take any oath in a manner which is contrary to his religion or belief.
(5) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of this section to the extent that the law in question makes a provision which is reasonably required---
(a) in the interest of defence, public safety, public order, public morality or public health; or
(b) for the purpose of protecting the rights and freedoms of other persons including the right to observe and practise any religion without the unsolicited intervention of the members of any other religion; and except in so far as that provision or, as the case may be, the thing done under the authority thereof, is shown not to be reasonably justifiable in a democratic society.
Article 27. Protection from discrimination.
(1) ... [N]o law shall make any provision which is discriminatory either of itself or in its effect.
(2) ... [N]o person shall be treated in a discriminatory manner by any person acting by virtue of any law or in the performance of the functions of any public office or any public authority.
(3) In this section the expression "discriminatory" means affording different treatment to different persons attributable wholly or mainly to their respective descriptions by ... creed whereby persons of one such description are subjected to disabilities or restrictions to which persons of another such description are not made subject, or are accorded privileges or advantages which are not accorded to persons of another such description.
[Some technical exceptions follow, including, in (4)(d): "with respect to adoption, marriage, divorce, burial, devolution of property on death or other interests of personal law"]
Article 35. Registration and conduct of political parties.
(5) No association, by whatever name called, shall be registered or be allowed to operate or to function as a political party if the Political Parties Registration Commission is satisfied that---
(a) membership or leadership of the party is restricted to members of any particular ... religious faith; or
(b) the name, symbol, colour or motto of the party has exclusive or particular significance or connotation to members of any particular ... religious faith; or
(c) the party is formed for the sole purpose of securing or advancing the interests and welfare of a particular ... religious faith; or
(8) For the purposes of this section the expression---
"association" includes any body of persons, corporate or incorporate, who agree to act together for any common purpose, or an association formed for any ... religious purpose; and
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.
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