Denial of right to freedom of religion of indigenous peoples

Other Names:
Prohibition of the practice of indigenous religion
Repression of indigenous spirituality
Inappropriate transfer of forms of worship

Indigenous peoples are prohibited from practising their religion, subjected to forced conversions, and may have their children taken away and placed in missionary schools.


During the missionary period, foreign liturgies, hymns and rites were imported into Africa, for example, thus stifling indigenous spirituality. In countries dominated by Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and tribal religions, relating Christian worship to such religious traditions constitutes a major difficulty.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
06.01.2021 – 16:34 CET