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Recognition of religion or belief in Germany

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

Recognition of religion or belief in Germany


  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated; the system revolves around attaining PLC status which corresponds to legal registration with some additional fairly unique benefits; PLC status is bestowed to religious organisations; the orientations of these vary across many denominations, primarily of Abrahamic religions.

  • The registration process centres on provincial bestowal rather than national; this segmented structure for procedures is problematic because it suggests that recognition and registration are not bestowed universally throughout the nation.

  • Ongoing issues of antisemitism and Islamophobia demonstrate issue with recognition in the country and a lack of awareness on the importance of diversity.

Positive elements:

  • A series of benefits exist to support religious groups as long as they have PLC status.


  • Establish provisions to bestow existential recognition in addition to the existent legal registration available.

  • Revoke the provincially segmented structure of the recognition system to ensure universal bestowal; clarification on this aspect of the system and alterations made to it will raise Germany to receptive status.

  • To achieve dynamic status, a recognition agency would need to be established that is independent of government.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
Country or territory
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