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Recognition of religion or belief in Togo

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

Recognition of religion or belief in Togo


  • Recognition and registration are differentiated but the former is bestowed only to Catholicism, Protestantism and Islam; all other belief systems and denominations are only offered legal registration as a means of state recognition of their existence; a system of partial recognition is in place because legal registration does not equate to the same degree of recognition that these three religions have received.

  • Informational requirements do seem slightly intrusive particularly as they demand specific details on the internal affairs of religious organisations.

  • The registration process taking several years to complete is highly censorious even though temporary is granted in the meantime as it creates a situation of partial recognition.

  • The rule of mandatory registration, even though it is not imposed on all groups, nevertheless violates the Bielefeldt provision; the fact that this mandatory registration rule is not universally applied actually indicates the discrimination present within the system; also there exists some contradictions within the legislation regarding whether registration is obligatory.

Positive elements:

  • The freedom of religion or belief of individuals is generally, though not broadly, upheld in practice by the government.


  • Re-establish the recognition system in such a way that it extends existential recognition and legal registration to all belief systems and their derivatives equally.

  • Dismantlement of the present body of policies restricting registration such as the relatively high fee.

  • Revoke the rule of mandatory registration and ensure that informational requirements are not intrusive.

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