Burkina Faso
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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Mixed Catholic, Sunni

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Sunni Muslim (57.9%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 no [Article 31]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 7]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 1]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 1991
Last Amended3 2015
Source3 World Constitutions Illustrated
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 August 2, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Article 1.

Discrimination of all sorts, notably those founded on … region … are prohibited.

Article 7.

The freedom of belief [croyance], of non-belief, of conscience, of religious opinion, [of] philosophy, of exercise of belief [culte], the freedom of assembly, the free practice of custom as well as the freedom of procession and of demonstration, are guaranteed by this Constitution, under reserve of respect for the law, for public order, for good morals and for the human person.

Article 23.

[Recognizes marriage between a man and a woman.] All discrimination based on … religion … is forbidden in matters of marriage.

Article 27.

Public education is secular.

Article 31.

Burkina Faso is a … secular State.

* Note: A provision in Article 112 requiring bills concerning questions of religious belief to originate in the Senate was dropped in the 2015 amendment.


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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