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Recognition of religion or belief in Brunei

According to the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Nation of Brunei, Abode of Peace are classified terminal.

Recognition of religion or belief in Brunei


  • Sunni Islam, specifically the Shafi’i school, is the state denomination.

  • Existential recognition is conferred only to Sunni Islam; procedures for legal registration do not equate to state recognition hence a partial system of recognition exists in which all other forms of religion or belief are provided only legal registration.

  • There exists a multi-level system of legal registration; registration does not grant permission for a group to conduct all its activities; each of its activities must still be accepted by state officials before being conducted.

  • Laws on religious gathering look to heavily restrict both public and private religious life.

  • The rule of mandatory registration violates the Bielefeldt provision and various other laws violate many of the Durham principles.

  • Brunei is not partied to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which is a further demonstration to its aversion to basic human rights.

Positive elements:

  • Nil.


  • Dismantlement of the current abusive recognition system.

  • Dissolve all laws that perpetuate abuses of freedom of religion or belief, including the mandatory registration law.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
Country or territory
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