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Recognition of religion or belief in Zimbabwe

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

Recognition of religion or belief in Zimbabwe


  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated rather than ideally differentiated; a focus is placed on the latter as legal registration with few to no means for existential recognition; legal registration does not entail tax-exemption as that status must be applied for separately through ZIMRA with separate registration requirements.

  • A similar system of umbrella organisations or mother bodies exists in Zimbabwe as in Zambia but with much less diversity in comparison.

  • The ongoing political instability in the country somewhat undermines the gains made in the field of religious freedom.

  • Whether religious groups conducting humanitarian or NGO-style activities must follow the same registration procedures as NGOs remains unclear.

Positive elements:

  • Freedom of religion or belief is generally upheld but not broadly upheld by the government in practice; this is typically based, however, on the stipulation that members of religious groups do not express political views controversial to the government.

  • Horizontal recognition is in effect.


  • Establish a reorganised recognition system that has the capacity to provide both existential recognition and legal registration.

  • The umbrella body structure can remain as long as it is no longer used as a means of restriction and therefore only on the stipulation that it is expanded to include all belief systems to ensure that more diversity is allowed in the country.

RoRB Topic
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