“Disparaging” or “profaning” religious “feelings” is punishable with a prison term up to a year.

Under the 2015 Criminal Code, under the heading “Disturbance of Religious or Ethnic Feelings”, article 196 states:

“A person who intentionally and publicly disparages a ceremony or rite of any lawful religious group, or profanes a place, image or object used for such religious ceremonies or ceremonies relating to any ethnic group, is guilty of disturbance of religious or ethnic feelings, a Class 1 petty offence, punishable with a definite term of imprisonment of not less than 6 months and not more than 12 months, or a fine of 20,001 – 50,000 Nakfas, to be set in intervals of 2,500 Nakfas.”

It is unclear how this law is used in practice but the weak and vague terms “disparages” and “profanes” suggest that this law could be used to restrict satirical or overt displays of religious criticism or dissent falling short of incitement to hatred.