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Recognition of religion or belief in South Sudan

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Republic of South Sudan are classified restrictive.

Recognition of religion or belief in South Sudan


  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated rather than ideally differentiated; there is a focus on legal registration while few to no means of existential recognition are offered.

  • Beyond Liberia and Palau, South Sudan has the highest registration fee for religious organisations in the world.

  • Demands of multiple procedures for registration for different aspects of any religious group is onerous.

  • Fairly unique is South Sudan's requirement that foreign religious groups provide proof of their prior registration with another government as part of the registration process.

  • Informational requirements seem appropriate but will require continued monitoring to ensure they are not unduly expanded any further or are not misapplied to the detriment of religious groups.

  • The reports that many religious groups operate without registration demonstrates a breakdown within the recognition system, particularly regarding its efficacy; essentially, reports that many groups bypass registration is not necessarily a positive sign as it shows a lack of engagement between religious organisations and the government as well as the onerousness of the requirements.

Positive elements:

  • Horizontal recognition is in effect.


  • Establish a reorganised recognition system that can bestow both existential recognition and legal registration simultaneously and one that offers these to all belief systems equally.

  • Reduce the excessive registration fee presently imposed.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
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