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Dominica

Overview and Key facts:

Capital: Roseau

Land Area: 754 sq km

Head of Government: Prime Minister Hon Roosevelt Skerrit (since 8 January 2004)

Population: 69,029 (July 2005 est.)

Major Languages: English (official), French patois

Major Religion(s): Roman Catholic 77%, Protestant 15% (Methodist 5%, Pentecostal 3%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3%, Baptist 2%, other 2%), none 2%, other 6%

Date of Joining: 1978

Status of FOI Legislation:

The law on access to information was approved on 28 July 2004 by President Hipólito Mejía. All persons have the right to demand information from government bodies which must respond in 15 days. Appeals can be made to a court and officials can be fined & jailed for refusing to provide information.

Status of National Human Rights Institutions:

None

News Updates:

Five reported killed in Dominican Republic election violence: On 19 May Caribbean Net reported that the toll from political violence that marred the Dominican Republic's legislative elections rose Monday to five dead and 13 wounded, local press reports said.

Dominica: On 2 April 2009 the Caribbean Net News reported that the Dominica Minister of Information defended the proposed Broadcasting Authority Bill, which is to establish a Broadcasting Authority to license and set standards for radio and television broadcasting. The bill proposed bill has received criticism in the consultation phase, however the Minster asserts that the bill is not an attempt by government to undermine free speech.
See also http://www.thedominican.net/2009/04/dominica-broadcasting-authority-bill.html

Dominica: On 16 October 2008 'Caribbean net News' reported that the Caribbean legal community gathered in Dominica for a series of CARICOM meetings: the first meeting of the Senior Officials of the Legal Affairs Committee, Chief Parliamentary Counsel and the fourteenth Special Meeting of the Legal Affairs Committee.

 
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