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Recognition of religion or belief in Cape Verde

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

Recognition of religion or belief in Cape Verde


  • State privilege for the Catholic Church.

  • Existential recognition is bestowed only to the Catholic Church while all other forms of religion and belief are offered only legal registration.

  • The rule of mandatory registration is a violation of the Bielefeldt provision, a rule that was made more severe by the introduction of a membership quota which stipulates the requirement of 500 notarised signatures of members before any activity can take place.

  • The subjective phrase “presence in the country” encompasses a broad area of activities for a religious group that namely includes protected religious activities.

Positive elements:

  • Provisions have been put in place for registered religious groups to access means of broadcasting which demonstrates a dynamic characteristic.


  • Establish a recognition system that has the capacity to bestow both existential recognition and legal registration.

  • Remove subjective wording from the legislation in order to ensure that misuse of the legislation does not occur.

  • Revoke all restrictive policies and requirements that are inappropriate to standards of freedom of religion or belief.

  • Take a more receptive approach to minorities and NRMs as a means of moving up the Spectrum of Religious Recognition.

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