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Recognition of religion or belief in Kiribati

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Republic of Kiribati are classified apathetic.

Recognition of religion or belief in Kiribati


  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated rather than ideally differentiated; a focus is placed on legal registration.

  • The rule of mandatory registration for certain religious groups contravenes the Bielefeldt provision.

  • Widespread unstructure and ambiguity within the system exists due to a lack of provisions for existential recognition.

Positive elements:

  • The government generally respects freedom of religion or belief.


  • Establish distinct provisions for existential recognition and legal registration within a recognition system that caters to all groups and at different levels of activity as is described in the dynamic level of the Spectrum of Religious Recognition.

  • Revoke the rule of mandatory registration for religious organisations and groups representing more than 2% of the population.

  • The apathetic approach of the government means that some aspects of religious life are left vague in the legislation which may be the cause for some islands dominated by one group to violate religious freedoms (as reported by Freedom House).

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
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