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St Kitts and Nevis

Overview and Key facts:

Capital: Basseterre

Land Area: 261 sq km

Head of Government: Prime Minister The Hon Dr. Denzil Douglas (since 6 July 1995)

Population: 46,000 (2007)

Major Languages: English

Major Religion(s): Anglican, other Protestant, Roman Catholic

Date of Joining: 1983

Status of FOI Legislation:

The freedom of information bill, the privacy and personal protection bill was read on October 25th 2005. The Freedom of information bill seeks to promote maximum disclosure of information in the public interest, to guarantee the right of everyone to access information, to provide for effective mechanisms to secure that right and for related matters.

Status of National Human Rights Institutions:

None

News Updates:

St Kitts & Nevis: On 22 May 2009 Caribbean Net News reported that the Head of the Commission of Inquiry, Thomas Sharpe QC, has announced the terms of reference and the way forward for the public inquiry into the activities of the former Nevis Island Administration (NIA), whose term in office ended in July 2006.

UN/Caribbean/St Kitts & Nevis: On 7 April 2009 'Caribbean Net News' reported that the a regional seminar of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation will be held in St Kitts and Nevis from 12 to 14 May 2009.

Eastern Caribbean: On 3 April 2009 'Caribbean Net News' reported that the nine Eastern Caribbean countries incorporated into the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court want to ensure that the laws and regulations for these territories are harmonised.

St. Kitts and Nevis: On 16 March 2009 'Caribbean Net News' reported that according to the Prime Minister a regional summit on gang violence is being planned.

St. Kitts and Nevis: On 6 March 2009 'Caribbean Net News' reported that the Prime Minister has reaffirmed the government's strong support for death penalty.

St Kitts and Nevis: On 27 January 2009 'Caribbean Net News' reported that the Development Bank of St Kitts and Nevis is reporting a record profit of EC$4.2 million in 2007. The Bank had projected a profit of EC$3.8 million.

St Kitts and Nevis: On 31 October 2008 'Caribbean Net News' reported that the twin island federation has appointed its first Ombudsman.

St Kitts and Nevis: On 19 June 2007 the newspaper 'St. Kitts/Nevis Sun' reported that the United States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour has released a report that celebrates the human rights accomplishments of St. Kitts and Nevis. The report praises the English Common Law system, the autonomy of Nevis and the elections. (19/06/07)

 
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JointLetter BRICS Summit Fortaleza

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