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Recognition of religion or belief in Burundi

According to the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Republic of Burundi are classified restrictive.

Recognition of religion or belief in Burundi


  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated rather than ideally differentiated; a focus is placed on legal registration with no procedures established for existential recognition.

  • An appropriate registration fee exists.

  • Informational requirements exist for the registration process but these do not necessarily amount to intrusion although they should still be monitored for being overbearing or for misuse.

  • Further requirements for registration in membership quotas, restrictions on multiformism, and restrictions on foreigners in leading religious activities are evidential of the government’s restrictive approach; the government participates in violent acts to pursue these ends then Burundi will move to the censorious classification.

  • The rule of mandatory registration contravenes the Bielefeldt provision.

  • Provisions are not put in place for the financial support of religious groups and their activities which do not demonstrate dynamic character.

  • Government monitoring of religious groups for political subversion is also of concern as reported by Freedom House.

Positive elements:

  • Horizontal recognition is in effect.


  • End membership quotas and other unnecessary registration requirements.

  • End the cited retributions.

  • Halt government involvement in the internal affairs of religious bodies and halt government monitoring of religious activity.

  • Reverse laws restricting on religious activity.

  • Revoke the mandatory registration policy.

  • Take a more receptive approach to non-traditional religious and belief groups.

RoRB Topic
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