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Recognition of religion or belief in Belize

According to the SRR, conditions for RoRB in Belize are classified restrictive.

Recognition of religion or belief in Belize


  • The recognition system is primarily focused on legal registration of organisations based on belief rather than existential recognition for belief systems and their derivatives; it seems that registration and recognition are amalgamated and that legal registration equates to existential recognition rather than the idealised differentiation between registration and recognition.

  • The rule of mandatory registration violates the Bielefeldt provision.

Positive elements:

  • Appropriate requirements for legal registration exist; informational requirements seem appropriate although monitoring is advisable.

  • Procedures for legal registration and subsequently religious activity, including missionary activity, are not onerous.

  • Horizontal recognition is applied.


  • Establish an independent recognition agency and provide greater differentiation on existential recognition with an adaptive and welcoming approach to new religious movements in order for Belize to be dynamic.

  • Greater distinction needs to be made between registration processes for religious entities and secular entities.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
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