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Recognition of religion or belief in Morocco

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Kingdom of Morocco are classified censorious.

Recognition of religion or belief in Morocco


  • The state religion is Islam.

  • Judaism is the only other religion to receive any semblance of existential recognition from the constitution and legislation.

  • The ultimate authority of the king on religious affairs is highly censorious and immediately politicises the religion and belief throughout the country.

  • Recognition and registration are differentiated however a hierarchy of existential recognition exists with Islam at the top and Judaism below; all other belief systems and their derivatives may only gain a semblance of recognition through their legal registration as “associations” which demonstrates that a system of vertical recognition is in place.

  • This procedure for registration seems to be the same as that for secular entities which is not ideal.

  • The informational requirements of any applicant group seem appropriate but any further expansion would lend them to being intrusive or excessive; however, it is safely presumed that due to the Moroccan government’s broader approach to religion and belief that any submitted information would be unjustly used against groups in the future.

Positive elements:

  • Nil.


  • Establish procedures for legal registration of religious entities that are separate from secular ones.

  • Establish provisions for existential recognition for all belief systems and their derivatives.

  • Repeal any laws that restrict religious activity.

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