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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Catholic

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Sunni Muslim (41.4%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 no [Article 49]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 19]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 4]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 2016
Last Amended3 (n/a)
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 August 3, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

Taking into account our … religious diversity …

Persuaded that … religious tolerance … constitute fundamental elements of pluralism contributing to the strengthening of our unity …

Reminding everyone, and in all circumstances, of our irreversible commitment to defending and preserving … the secular character of the State;

Article 4.

No one may be privileged or discriminated against by reason of … their religion or belief …

Article 10.

religious communities may also contribute to the education of children, under the conditions determined by law.

Article 14.

… It is prohibited to discriminate in respect of access to employment or in the exercise thereof, on the basis of ... religious … opinions.

Article 19.

Freedom of thought and freedom of expression, particularly, freedom of conscience, of philosophical and religious conviction or of worship are guaranteed to everyone. Everyone has the right to express and disseminate their ideas freely.

These freedoms are exercised subject to respect for the law, for the rights of others, for national security and for public order.

Any propaganda whose objective or outcome is … to encourage … religious[] hatred is prohibited.

Article 23.

Anyone persecuted because of their … religious ... convictions … may have the right of asylum in the territory of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, on the condition that they conform to the laws of the Republic.

Article 25.

Political parties and groups organized along … religious … lines are prohibited.

Article 49.

The Republic of Côte d'Ivoire is … secular …

Article 178.

The … secularism of the state may not be subject to revision.


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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