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Recognition of religion or belief in Eswatini

According to the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Kingdom of Eswatini are classified restrictive.

Recognition of religion or belief in Eswatini


  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated rather than differentiated.

  • Non-Christian groups being denied access to broadcasting demonstrates a degree of inequality within the recognition system; laws on proselytism remain vague.

  • State monitoring of mosques and alleged discrimination of members of the Muslim community are concerning.

  • The nationwide ban on non-Christian religions being taught in the public-school curriculum is further demonstration of the country's restrictive approach to religion and belief.

  • The requirement of state officials to construct religious buildings is alarming in terms of its restrictivity.

  • The rule of mandatory registration violates the Bielefeldt provision despite the fact that it is not strictly enforced (according to Freedom House).

  • The structure of the registration process as segmented into umbrella bodies is unnecessary and restrictive despite claims that such a structure does not impede the registration procedures.

Positive elements:

  • Horizontal recognition is in effect.


  • Differentiate between recognition and registration within the system and provide sufficient procedures for the provision of both.

  • Remove some of the existent restrictive structures and policies in place on the registration process.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
Country or territory
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