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Recognition of religion or belief in Djibouti

According to the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Republic of Djibouti are classified censorious.

Recognition of religion or belief in Djibouti


  • Islam is the state religion.

  • There exists no procedures for existential recognition of any belief system other than Islam; legal registration are offered to all other religious organisations although this does not equate to the type of recognition bestowed to Islamic organisations.

  • The structure of the registration process on one-year contracts is highly restrictive and a restriction fairly unique to Djibouti as is the

  • Although there are provisions in place for registered non-Muslim groups to operate, this does not include public practice and profession which are protected under freedom of religion or belief.

  • Discrimination against non-Islamic religious groups.

  • The rule of mandatory registration contravenes the Bielefeldt provision.

Positive elements:

  • Non-registered groups are supposedly able to worship private without government intervention; this should be monitored.


  • Allow for proselytism for all faiths to take place and for public practice of all religions.

  • De-politicise religious activity.

  • Revoke the country’s reservation to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights regarding proselytism in public spaces.

  • Revoke the mandatory registration rule.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
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