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Recognition of religion or belief in Thailand

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

Recognition of religion or belief in Thailand


  • Recognition and registration are differentiated although existential recognition only provided to five religious communities; this existential recognition is not extended to their associated belief systems or to denominations; this in turn creates a situation of partial recognition whereby any other religious group that achieve registration does not receive the same degree of recognition as these five comm unities mentioned in the constitution.

  • Also, a degree of state privilege is provided to Buddhism.

  • The registration process is limited to groups that affiliate with one of the five recognised communities; all other communities are classified as NRMs and have different requirements than those groups affiliated with one of the five recognised communities with some of the informational requirements being intrusive; denial of registration to NRMs is so high so that it is now considered that any group outside the five recognise communities may not gain registration.

Positive elements:

  • Nil.


  • Dismantlement of the apparatus of laws and restrictive policies that have been put in place to restrict religious activity.

  • Establish a revitalised recognition system that crucially provides existential recognition and legal registration to all belief systems and their derivatives without discrimination.

  • Remove all forms of undue involvement of the government in the internal affairs of religious organisations.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
Country or territory
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