Guinea-Bissau
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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Mixed Catholic, Sunni

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Ethnoreligionist (incl. Animist, Shamanist) (41.6%)

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 52]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 24]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 1984
Last Amended3 1996
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 August 2, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Article 1.

Guinea-Bissau is a ... secular ... republic.

Article 4.

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(5) The [political] party’s name may not ... display the name of a ... church, religion, confession or religious doctrine.

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Article 6.

(1) In the Republic of Guinea-Bissau there is a separation between the State and religious institutions.

(2) The State respects and protects all legally recognized religions. The activities of these religions and the practice of the faith are subject to the law.

Article 24.

All citizens are equal before the law, enjoy the same rights and are subjected to the same duties, without distinction of ... religious belief ...

Article 31.

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(2) The declaration of martial law cannot affect the ... liberty of conscience and religion.

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Article 45.

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(3) Trade unions are independent from ..., religious beliefs ...

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Article 49.

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(4) Public schools will not be religiously oriented.

Article 52.

(1) Freedom of conscience and of religion is inviolable.

(2) All are assured the liberty of worship, which in no manner may violate the fundamental principles established by this Constitution.

(3) The freedom to teach any religion under its denomination is guaranteed.

Article 130.

No draft revision [of the Constitution] may affect:

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(b) The secular nature of the state;

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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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