Recognition of religion or belief in Ecuador
According to the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Republic of Ecuador are classified restrictive.
State privilege for the Catholic Church.
Recognition and registration are amalgamated processes rather than ideally differentiated; recognition in Ecuador means legal and non-profit registration; there currently does not exist procedures for existential recognition of belief systems, denominations and communities.
The distinguished processes between religious group registration and CSO registration create a vertical recognition situation.
The requirements for registration seem appropriate but require continued monitored so as not to be misused against any applicant groups.
The rule of mandatory registration, although its actuality remains ambiguous, is the primary reason for Ecuador’s designation as restrictive; upon clarification of this rule, the country could be easily moved to receptive classification.
There is an established Secretariat responsible for the registration of religious groups and for the protection of human rights.
Differentiate between existential recognition and legal registration; establish procedures for the former as well as the latter.
Expand the Secretariat into a recognition agency that is independent of government.
Remove instances of ambiguity within the legislation and set up procedures for multi-level recognition.
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