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Recognition of religion or belief in Papua New Guinea

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Independent State of Papua New Guinea are classified apathetic.

Recognition of religion or belief in Papua New Guinea


  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated rather than ideally differentiated; a focus is placed on legal registration rather than existential recognition; a procedure is established for all groups to register legally in the country with a separate subsequent procedure for tax exemption.

  • Informational requirements seem appropriate although continued monitoring is required to ensure requirements are not unduly expanded or are not unjustly applied.

  • Intolerance from larger churches is considered to be a result of inconsistencies within the recognition system in its bestowing authority of recognition for all newer and smaller groups.

Positive elements:

  • Freedom of religion or belief is generally thought not broadly upheld by the government.


  • Establish a revitalised recognition system that has the capacity to bestow both existential recognition and legal registration to all belief systems and their derivatives sufficiently and appropriately and at multiple levels of operation and activity.

  • To become dynamic, the Papua New Guinean government would need to establish a recognition agency that would manage the newly established recognition system independently from government.

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