Freedom of religion in Armenia

  • the constitution as amended in december 2005 provides for freedom of religion; however, the law places some restrictions on the religious freedom of adherents of minority religious groups, and there were some restrictions in practice. the armenian (apostolic) church, which has formal legal status as the national church, enjoys some privileges not available to other religious groups. some denominations reported occasional discrimination by mid- or low-level government officials but found high-level officials to be tolerant. jehovah's witnesses reported that judges sentenced them to longer prison terms for evasion of alternative military service than in the past, although the sentences were still within the range allowed by law. societal attitudes toward some minority religious groups were ambivalent, and there were reports of societal discrimination directed against members of these groups.

  • religious demography
  • status of religious freedom
  • societal abuses and discrimination
  • see also
  • references

The Constitution as amended in December 2005 provides for freedom of religion; however, the law places some restrictions on the religious freedom of adherents of minority religious groups, and there were some restrictions in practice. The Armenian (Apostolic) Church, which has formal legal status as the national church, enjoys some privileges not available to other religious groups. Some denominations reported occasional discrimination by mid- or low-level government officials but found high-level officials to be tolerant. Jehovah's Witnesses reported that judges sentenced them to longer prison terms for evasion of alternative military service than in the past, although the sentences were still within the range allowed by law. Societal attitudes toward some minority religious groups were ambivalent, and there were reports of societal discrimination directed against members of these groups.