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Recognition of religion or belief in Singapore

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

Recognition of religion or belief in Singapore


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

  • The requirement of a permit to speak at indoor gatherings on the topics of race or religion is censorious.

  • The rule of mandatory registration is a violation of the Bielefeldt provision; unregistered groups are not able to establish charities.

Positive elements:

  • Horizontal recognition is in effect.


  • Dismantlement of the present apparatus of laws restricting religious activity must take place for Singapore to rise to restrictive status; also, crucially, reverse of all national bans on certain religious groups.

  • Restrictions and the use of subjective language in the legislation as a means for restriction would need to be revoked in order for the country to rise to receptive status; also, establish a reorganised recognition system that extends both existential recognition and legal registration to all belief systems and their derivatives equally.

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