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Last updated on 01.01.2018 at 12:42

Saint Lucia-Overview

St Lucia has an active and diverse civil society, and civil society has participated in constitutional reform processes, which remain ongoing.

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Association

The Constitution guarantees the freedom of association in Article 11.

The Constitution guarantees the freedom of association in Article 11, with exceptions made on the grounds of defence, public safety, public order, public morality and public health. These guarantees are reported as largely being upheld.

Peaceful Assembly

Article 11 of the Constitution also guarantees the freedom of assembly, with exceptions made on the grounds of defence, public safety, public order, public morality and public health.

Article 11 of the Constitution also guarantees the freedom of assembly, with exceptions made on the grounds of defence, public safety, public order, public morality and public health. Again, these guarantees are reported as largely being upheld.

Expression

The freedom of expression is protected by Article 10 of the Constitution, with reservations on the grounds of defence, public safety, public order, public morality, public health and the rights and reputations of others.

The freedom of expression is protected by Article 10 of the Constitution, with reservations on the grounds of defence, public safety, public order, public morality, public health and the rights and reputations of others. There are several independent, privately-owned news media, enabling discussion of a wide range of issues. Internet access is not restricted and access to information is guaranteed by law. However, criminal defamation remains as an offence punishable with a sentence of up to five years, and there have been cases of media workers being threatened with lawsuits and being forced to apologise after making critical remarks.