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Recognition of religion or belief in Congo, Democratic Republic of the

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

Recognition of religion or belief in Congo, Democratic Republic of the


  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated rather than ideally differentiated; the terminology of “religious group” remains ambiguous although the one-submission policy does reduce administrative bureaucracy; legal registration is primarily the focus with existential recognition made secondary and few procedures put in place to achieve that type of recognition.

  • The provisional approval policy is not inappropriate but should be monitored for its misuse to inhibit the ability for religious groups to gain registration without unnecessary obstacles.

  • The rule of mandatory registration violates the Bielefeldt provision.

  • Violence directed towards religious groups can be reduced through more widespread use of the mechanism of recognition to reaffirm the validity of these groups.

Positive elements:

  • Horizontal recognition is in effect.


  • Dismantlement retributions for unregistration.

  • Remove all instances of political involvement in the registration process, namely the requirement for the Presidency to approve religious groups of foreign origin.

  • Revoke the mandatory registration rule and other restrictive policies part of the registration process.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
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