Freedom of Religion: Submission to Commission of Inquiry in Samoa

The Samoan Government has appointed a Commission of Inquiry into the working of Article 11 of the Samoan Constitution, which protects the right to freedom of religion.  As it is currently drafted, Article 11 provides that every person has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and that laws restricting this right are only valid if the restriction is reasonable and is for the protection of public order, health or morals, national security, or the rights of others.  Although the exact nature of the Government’s planned amendments to Article 11 is at present not clear, it appears that it is intended that the freedom be limited so as to allow the restriction of new religions and denominations into the country.

On 31 March 2010, the Human Rights Law Resource Centre made a Submission to the Commission on the Right to Freedom of Religion.  

Download the HRLC submission here.