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Recognition of religion or belief in Montenegro

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in Montenegro are classified receptive.

Recognition of religion or belief in Montenegro


  • The 2019 law on Freedom of Religion or Beliefs and Legal Status of Religious Communities made improvements by repealing previous laws mandating religious registration in order to practice one’s faith.

  • Informational requirements for registration seem appropriate but any further expansion would make them intrusive; continued monitored will need to be conducted in order to ensure these requirements stay as they are and are not misused.

  • Religious groups and religious organisations are the two categories of legal registration which suggests a system of vertical recognition is in place.

  • The creation of bilateral cooperation agreements is possible but to what degree accessibility remains vague.

Positive elements:

  • All religious groups, whether registered nor not, are eligible for the receipt of financial and other forms of assistance which shows dynamic character.

  • There are provisions for the investigation of human rights abuse cases and the promotion of religious freedom by the Directorate of Relations with Religious Communities.


  • Establish a recognition agency to manage the recognition system independent of government control in order to be classified as dynamic.

  • There are some minor existent issues within the present recognition that also need to be resolved before Montenegro is designated dynamic; these involve the removal of membership quotas and other minor restrictions for non-traditional religious groups.

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