The report said Qatar's new constitution explicitly provides for freedom of worship, but no foreign missionary groups operate openly in the country. The Government, which maintains an official register of approved religious congregations, has granted legal status to Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, Coptic and many Asian Christian denominations.
"In June 2004, a new criminal code was enacted that established new rules for proselytising. Individuals caught proselytising … for any religion other than Islam, may be sentenced to a term in prison of up to ten years. According to this new law, individuals who possess written or recorded materials or items that support or promote missionary activity are imprisoned for up to two years," the report said.
The Government regulates the publication, importation, and distribution of non Islamic books and materials. However the authorities tolerate individuals and religious institutions importing Bibles and other religious items for personal or congregational use.