A presidential representative democratic republic, Ivory Coast is has been split by civil war since 2002, with the north of the country largely controlled by Muslim rebels, and the recognised government presiding over the predominantly Christian south.

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Constitution and government

The constitution and other laws and policies protect freedom of thought, conscience and religion, as well as freedom of opinion and expression.

Freedom of expression, advocacy of humanist values

The country is divided, politically as well as geographically, between its predominantly Muslim North and predominantly Christian South. The sectarian conflict has ebbed and flowed, but the government has generally respected freedom of religion or belief.

Political turmoil and civil conflict resurged after the disputed presidential election in December 2010 infringing some freedoms, including freedom of the press and freedom to peaceably assemble. The situation has been improving since 2011. However some concerns remain that the government has failed to investigate some other serious human rights violations.