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Grenada

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Last updated on 01.01.2017 at 13:55

Grenada-Overview

Grenada is an island country, consisting of Grenada itself and six smaller islands, with an estimated population of 110,000. A favourable legal environment exists for civil society in Grenada and human rights defenders are able to operate without hindrance.

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Association

People in Grenada are able to form and join associations to advance collective interests.

People in Grenada are able to form and join associations to advance collective interests. The Constitution protects this right stating that everyone can “associate with other persons and in particular to form or belong to trade unions or other associations for the protection of his interests”. Many civil society organisations operate in the country and work on a wide range of issues. Human rights defenders are able to carry out their work in an enabling environment.

Peaceful Assembly

People in Grenada are able to gather and demonstrate. The freedom of peaceful assembly is protected under the Constitution.

People in Grenada are able to gather and demonstrate. The freedom of peaceful assembly is protected under the Constitution. In practice, people exercise this right and hold protests and demonstrations in pursuit of many different causes. There are no recently-documented cases of police using excessive force against protestors.

Expression

Freedom of expression is enshrined in the Constitution of Grenada and is generally respected in practice.

Freedom of expression is enshrined in the Constitution of Grenada and is generally respected in practice. Grenada repealed a section of the Criminal Code in order to decriminalise defamation and libel, however, seditious libel remains a criminal offence. There is no right to information legislation in Grenada. Journalists are sometimes subject to intimidation and harassment. For example, a journalist was fired after publishing a report regarding the selection process of the candidates for Prime Minister.