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Recognition of religion or belief in São Tomé and Príncipe

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe are classified restrictive.

Recognition of religion or belief in São Tomé and Príncipe


  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated rather than ideally differentiated; a focus is placed on legal registration rather than existential recognition with few to no means for securement of the latter.

  • Authorisation in the area of preregistration creates a cumbersome procedure with multiple barriers to final registration.

  • Informational requirements are intrusive, particularly requests for the identities of members.

  • The rule of mandatory registration violates the Bielefeldt provision.

Positive elements:

  • Nil.


  • To become receptive, revoke present restrictive policies in the registration process such as retributions for unregistration, authorisation in preregistration, mandatory registration and membership quotas.

  • Also to achieve receptive status, establish a revitalised recognition system that is able to bestow existential recognition and legal registration simultaneously as well as to all belief systems equally and at multiple levels of activity.

  • To achieve dynamic, establish a recognition agency that is independent of government to deal with the revitalised recognition system.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
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