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Recognition of religion or belief in Bolivia

According to the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Plurinational State of Bolivia are classified restrictive.

Recognition of religion or belief in Bolivia


  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated; focus is placed on legal registration of organisations rather than existential recognition (although the term recognition remains in use).

  • Excessive requirements for registration demonstrate why the government has been classified restrictive; the informational requirements are a means of control and surveillance of religious activity.

  • Legislative subjectivity allows for a broad scope for the government to deregister or disrecognise baselessly.

  • Government involvement in or monitoring of the internal affairs of religious organisations is a violation of the Durham principles.

  • The rule of mandatory registration contravenes the Bielefeldt provision.

Positive elements:

  • Differentiation is made between religious and spiritual entities, but further differentiation is needed for those groups which identify with broader philosophical beliefs (e.g. humanists).


  • Dissolve excessive requirements for registration and subjective legislation that could be used for purposes of restriction.

  • Lower fees for registration; Bolivia's fees are significantly higher than the majority of other country’s registration fees for the same process.

  • Dismantle restrictive policies and procedures in order to become more receptive.

  • Make an effort to focus more on existential recognition.

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