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Recognition of religion or belief in Liberia

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

Recognition of religion or belief in Liberia


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

  • A very high registration fee for foreign religious groups in comparison to the majority of other countries around the world.

  • There exists unequal treatment of indigenous and foreign groups as the former are not obligated to register while the latter are; this unequal treatment emerges once more in the relatively high fee that is imposed onto foreign groups while indigenous groups have a much lower fee.

  • The involvement of a multitude of governmental ministries in the registration process creates unnecessary hurdles that violate the Durham principles; this overt government involvement also demonstrates politicisation of the registration process.

  • The rule of mandatory registration violates the Bielefeldt provision.

Positive elements:

  • Horizontal recognition is in effect.


  • Establish distinct procedures for existential recognition and legal registration and at multiple levels of activity.

  • Reduce financial requirements for registration to more appropriate prices relative to other countries.

  • To become dynamic, the government would need to establish a recognition agency to manage the religious recognition system and then relinquish its control over the agency in order to ensure its independence from government involvement.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
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