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U.S. Department of State Annual Report on International Religious Freedom for 1999 - Western Sahara

Publisher United States Department of State
Author Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Publication Date 9 September 1999
Cite as United States Department of State, U.S. Department of State Annual Report on International Religious Freedom for 1999 - Western Sahara , 9 September 1999, available at: [accessed 30 May 2016]
Comments The Annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom describes the status of religious freedom in each foreign country, and government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with P.L. 105-292 (105th Congress) and is cited as the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.
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Section I. Freedom of Religion

Due to continuing Moroccan administrative control of the territory of the Western Sahara, conditions for religious freedom in that territory are similar to those found in the Kingdom of Morocco. Apart from a tiny foreign community working for the United Nations Interposition Force in the territory (known by its French acronym, MINURSO), the overwhelming majority of the population are Sunni Muslim.

There was no change in the status of respect for religious freedom during the period covered by this report.

There were no reports of religious detainees or prisoners.

There were no reports of the forced religious conversion of minor U.S. citizens who had been abducted or illegally removed from the United States, or of the authorities' refusal to allow such citizens to be returned to the United States.

Section II. Societal Attitudes

Relations among religious believers were generally amicable.

Section III. U.S. Government Policy

The U.S. Embassy in Morocco discusses religious freedom issues in the overall context of the promotion of human rights in the Western Sahara.

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