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Recognition of religion or belief in Portugal

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

Recognition of religion or belief in Portugal


  • Procedures for existential recognition and legal registration are differentiated in Portugal with sufficient provisions put in place for the securement of both; provisions are given for registration at multiple levels of activity and operation which demonstrates dynamic character.

  • Allowing religious entities to decide from a series of options their legal structure in the country is also dynamic in character.

  • There exists a lawful body of representatives for religion and belief yet this body is not inclusive of all groups and communities, especially not denominational communities; however, the establishment of such a body does show dynamic character.

  • Informational requirements in the registration process are not appropriate and provisions for reapplication in cases of rejection are supportive.

  • A relatively small degree of vertical recognition is in effect with regards to the “religion settled in the country” category, access to which is limited by longevity quotas.

  • Bilateral cooperation agreements have been established between the government and Jewish, Islamic and Catholic bodies; the degree of accessibility to these agreements for other groups remains unclear.

Positive elements:

  • Establishment of the CLR, despite its minor issues, is positive especially due to its ability to present human rights abuse cases to government.

  • Freedom of religion or belief is broadly upheld by the government.

  • Portugal is one of the closest countries to dynamic classification.


  • Reorganise the CLR as a recognition agency independent of government control yet retaining the authority of government in matters of religious freedom and religious recognition.

  • Revoke the existence of vertical recognition and longevity quotas.

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