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Last updated on 01.01.2017 at 11:47

St Kitts and Nevis-Overview

The government of St Kitts and Nevis reports that it has recently taken initiatives to involve civil society more strongly in consultations.

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Association

The freedom of association is protected by Article 13 of the Constitution, with limitations on the grounds of defence, public safety, public morality, public order and public health.

The freedom of association is protected by Article 13 of the Constitution, with limitations on the grounds of defence, public safety, public morality, public order and public health. These rights are generally respected, including the right to form trade unions, which extends to recognition of the right to strike, in practice if not in law. The ability of organisations of LGBTI people to function are however hampered by negative social attitudes.

Peaceful Assembly

Article 13 of the Constitution also upholds the freedom of assembly, with exceptions on the grounds of defence, public safety, public morality, public order and public health.

Article 13 of the Constitution also upholds the freedom of assembly, with exceptions on the grounds of defence, public safety, public morality, public order and public health. While there are examples of anti-government demonstrations passing peacefully and without interference, in 2013 it was reported that riot place used unwarranted violence against an opposition party march that had been officially sanctioned.

Expression

Article 12 of the Constitution protects the freedom of expression, with limitations on the grounds of defence, public safety, public morality, public order, public health and the protection of the rights and reputations of others.

Article 12 of the Constitution protects the freedom of expression, with limitations on the grounds of defence, public safety, public morality, public order, public health and the protection of the rights and reputations of others. Several independent media outlets exist, included privately-owned newspapers and those run by different political parties. There are no restrictions on internet access. There have been no recent reports of killings of journalists, and media professionals are reported to work in a safe environment. Media self-regulation mechanisms exist. However, there was concern about the neutrality of state-owned media during the 2015 election. Defamation remains a criminal offence, punishable by a maximum two-year sentence. While the government stated in 2013 that freedom of information legislation was a priority, and a parliamentary debate was held in 2015, at present the proposed legislation has not been enacted.