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Recognition of religion or belief in Equatorial Guinea

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

Recognition of religion or belief in Equatorial Guinea


  • State privilege for the Catholic Church; also a degree of state privilege exists for Protestant Reformed Church of Equatorial Guinea.

  • Also, Methodist, Muslim and Baha’i communities are exempt from renewal of registration.

  • Hence, there exists a degree of separation between existential recognition and legal registration; however, existential recognition is not available to all groups; for most groups, only legal registration is available.

  • Restrictions are imposed on where and at what times religious services and practices can take place.

  • The rule of mandatory registration contravenes the Bielefeldt provision.

  • Violations of freedoms during the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrate the government's censorious approach to religious activity and a lack of recognition and registration provision to protect such groups.

Positive elements:

  • Nil.


  • Remove all instances of politicisation from the recognition and its procedures.

  • Remove instances of partial recognition.

  • Revoke state privileges in order to equalise the procedures for recognition and registration.

  • Revoke the existent restrictions on religious activity.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
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