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Recognition of religion or belief in Ecuador

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

Recognition of religion or belief in Ecuador


  • 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.

Positive elements:

  • 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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