Burundi
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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Mixed Catholic, Sunni

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Catholic (55.7%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 no [Article 1]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 31]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Articles 13, 22]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 2005
Last Amended3 (n/a)
Source3 World Constitutions Illustrated
Translation3 Source is an English translation, edited by ARDA staff.
Current as of3 August 22, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

… the following constitutional and legal principles must be guaranteed:

—The protection and the inclusion of the … religious minority groups into the general system of good governance;

Article 1.

Burundi is [a] … secular … Republic[,] respecting its … religious diversity.

Article 13.

All Burundians are equal in [their] merits and dignity. All citizens enjoy the same rights and have right to the same protection of the law. No Burundian may be excluded from the social, economical or political life of the nation because … of their religion …

Article 22.

No one may be subject to discrimination notably because … of their religious, philosophical … convictions …

Article 31.

The freedom of expression is guaranteed. The State respects the freedom of religion, of thought, of conscience and of opinion.

Article 61.

No one shall abuse the rights recognized by the Constitution or by the law to … infringe the secularity of the State …

Article 78.

… [The] political parties … must be open to all Burundians … They may not advocate [prôner] violence, exclusion, and hatred in any of their forms, notably those based on … religious … affiliation.

Article 80.

The law guarantees the non-interference of the public powers in the internal functioning of the political parties, except for that of the restrictions necessary to prevent … religious … hatred …

Article 299.

No procedure of revision may be retained if it infringes … the secularity of the 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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