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Congo, Republic of the

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Author(s): Daniel Lyman
The Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), though perpetually troubled by internal conflicts, has enjoyed consistent government protection of religious freedom. Freedom of religion is protected by the country’s constitution and generally respected in practice, by both government actors and society in general. However, significant human rights violations may inhibit the practical ability of individuals to fully exercise their religious freedom. I. Social Facts The Republic of Congo (“Congo”), located in Central Africa, has an estimated population of 4.6 million. …

Yemen

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Author(s): Daniel Lyman
I. Social Facts The Republic of Yemen is an Islamic state located on the southern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Virtually all of its 25 million citizens are Muslim. A majority (65%) follow Sunni Islam, and the remainder adhere to the Zaydi order of Shia Islam. The Zaydi order is unique to Yemen. Various minor sects of Islam are also practiced in isolated communities, particularly in the northern regions of the country. Less than 1% of the population adheres to various other religions, including the Bahá’í faith, Hinduism, and Christianity. The country is also home…