Timor-Leste
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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Catholic

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Catholic (80.7%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 recognition only [Article 11(2)]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 45(1)]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 16(2), Article 45(2)]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 2002
Last Amended3 (n/a)
Source3 Government of Timor-Leste
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 November 9, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

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In its cultural and humane perspective, the Catholic Church in East Timor has always been able to take on the suffering of all the People with dignity, placing itself on their side in the defence of their most fundamental rights.

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Interpreting the profound sentiments, the aspirations and the faith in God of the People of East Timor;

Solemnly reaffirm their determination to fight all forms of ... religious domination ...

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Section 11. Valorisation of Resistance.

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(2) The State acknowledges and values the participation of the Catholic Church in the process of national liberation of East Timor.

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Section 12. State and religious denominations.

(1) The State shall recognise and respect the different religious denominations, which are free in their organisation and in the exercise of their own activities, to take place in due observance of the Constitution and the law.

(2) The State shall promote the cooperation with the different religious denominations that contribute to the well-being of the people of East Timor.

Section 16. Universality and equality.

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(2) No one shall be discriminated against on grounds of ... religion ...

Section 25. State of exception.

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(5) In no case shall a declaration of a state of siege affect the ... freedom of conscience and religion ...

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Section 38. Protection of personal data.

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(3) The processing of personal data on ... religious faith ... without the consent of the interested person, is prohibited.

Section 45. Freedom of conscience, religion and worship.

(1) Every person is guaranteed the freedom of conscience, religion and worship and the religious denominations are separated from the State.

(2) No one shall be persecuted or discriminated against on the basis of his or her religious convictions.

(3) The right to be a conscientious objector shall be guaranteed in accordance with the law.

(4) Freedom to teach any religion in the framework of the respective religious denomination is guaranteed.

Section 50. Right to work.

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(3) Dismissal ... on ... religious ... grounds is prohibited.

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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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