The Federated States of Micronesia is a nation made up of hundreds of islands which are ruled by a parliamentary republic without established political parties.

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Constitution and government

The constitution and government of Micronesia protect religious freedom and ensure religious equality for all. The constitution and other laws and policies protect freedom of thought, conscience and religion, as well as freedom of opinion and expression. These rights are generally respected in practice.

The constitution’s Declaration of Rights forbids the establishment of a state religion or governmental restrictions on freedom of religion. However, Government functions uniformly open and close with a prayer, invocation, or benediction from a Protestant or Catholic pastor or lay deacon, and often from one of each.

Education and children’s rights

Religious education is absent in public schools, which are completely secular in nature and in what they teach. The government provides a few grants to private, church-affiliated schools.

“There is no religious education in the public schools, but it is part of the curriculum in private religious schools.”

-U.S. State Department, 2013 International Religious Freedom Report

Freedom of expression, advocacy of humanist values

The constitution protects freedom of religion against abuse, either by governmental or private actors. The constitution protects freedom of expression and media freedom. And the news media operate freely.