Palau, part of a former United Nations Trust territory, became independent in 1994. A population of 20,600 people inhabit an archipelago of volcanic and coral islands. The main religions, in Palau, are Christianity and Modekngei (an indigenous belief). There is no  information on those without a religious affiliation.

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Constitution and government

The constitution preamble states that the people of Palau “venture in to the future with full reliance on our own efforts  and the divine guidance of Almighty God.”

The constitution itself hints at a more secular approach, in the following statement: “The government shall take no action to deny or impair the freedom of conscience or of philosophical or religious belief of any person nor take any action to compel, prohibit or hinder the exercise of religion. The government shall not recognize or establish a national religion, but may provide assistance to private or parochial school on a fair and equitable basis for non-religious purposes.”

There are no reports of political or media freedoms being infringed.

According to the USCRIF Report 2013, religious groups can gain non-profit status, and “religious groups and mission agencies are exempt from paying taxes”, but it is not clear if secular worldview organizations would receive the same benefit.

Education and children’s rights

Religious instruction in public schools is not permitted. Representatives of any religious group may request government financial support for religious schools. It is unclear whether tax exemptions or financial support for schools are available for non-religious organizations.