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St Vincent and the Grenadines

Overview and Key facts:

Capital: Kingstown

Land Area: 389 sq km

Head of Government: Prime Minister The Rt Hon Dr Ralph Gonsalves (since 29 March 2001)

Population: 117,534 (July 2005 est.)

Major Languages: English, French patois

Major Religion(s): Anglican 47%, Methodist 28%, Roman Catholic 13%, Hindu Seventh-Day Adventist, other Protestant

Date of Joining: 1979

Status of FOI Legislation:

The FOI Act was approved in 2003.

Status of National Human Rights Institutions:

None

News Updates:

St Vincent and the Grenadines new draft constitution unveiled

On the 29 May 2009 Caribbean Net News reported that the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines will this November go to the polls in a Referendum for a new Constitution which was unveiled today.

Based on this news story there are serious human rights concerns regarding certain provisions.

St Vincent and the Grenadines: On 25 May 2009 Caribbean Net News reported that three people have been shot to death by law enforcement officers in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The president of the Human Rights Association of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Nicole Sylvester has condemned this incident as an act of police brutality.

St Vincent and the Grenadines: On 29 April 2009 the IBA Human Rights Institute wrote to Mr Cerio Lewis, St Vincent & the Grenadines High Commissioner, concerning harassment of Nicole Sylvester from the St Vincent and the Grenadines Human Rights Association, who have been representing a female police officer in a case involving St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Ralph Gonsalves.

St Vincent and the Grenadines: On 14 January 2009 'Caribbean Net News' reported that 'Reporters Without Borders' an international NGO has joined the 'Association of Caribbean Media Workers' in demanding a full investigation into the arrest and detention of a photo-journalist who was taking pictures of a building on fire in Kingston.

St Vincent and the Grenadines: On 12 March "Caribbean Net News" reported that an application for judicial review of a case of alleged sexual assault and rape against Prime Minister Gonsalves has been dismissed. The lawyers of the plaintiff, a police officer who claims to have been raped by the PM when standing guard at his residence on 3 January, will appeal against the decision. The Director of Public Prosecutions reportedly took over investigation of the case and decided to discontinue it, in accordance with his constitutional powers.

 
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Joint Letter to HRC Members on Sri Lanka

Statement on Human Rights Defenders

United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Mandela Rules)

Re Inhuman conditions in prison SC order 24.4.15

Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 2010 and the FCR Rules - Points for consideration

Hear the Message, Don't Shoot the Messenger - Curbing Voices of Dissent in the Name of Regulation

CHRI CONCERNED OVER ALLEGATIONS OF POLICE VIOLENCE & ARBITRARY ACTION DURING ANTI GOVERNMENT RALLY

Breaking the silence"- CHRI's Press note on Sri Lanka's RTI

CHRI's critique of Tanzania's ATI Bill 2015

Tanzania's ATI Act 2015 (Bill)

CHRI celebrates the release and repatriation of Khan Zaman

Incidence of rape-torture-death in Prisons

Acquittal of Accused Pac Personnel in the 1987 Hashimpura Killings

Call for Proposals - Crime Victimisation Survey

Call for Quotations Website Maintenance

POLICE REFORM WORKING GROUP (PWRG) STATEMENT ON CABINET SECRETARY

Call for implementation of UNSC resolution on humanitarian access for Syrians

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JointLetter BRICS Summit Fortaleza

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VAW statement - item 3 - 11 June 2014

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Upcoming UPR review for Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho Granada and Guyana

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Humanrights Initiative

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