Barbados Human Rights… according to the United States of America
You can read the report at the U.S. State Department here.
Bajan Reporter has the full text of Hillary Clinton’s speech about the Annual Human Rights Report.
U.S. Department of State
2011 Human Rights Reports: Barbados
BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR
2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
May 24, 2012
Barbados is a multiparty, parliamentary democracy. In 2008 national elections, voters elected Prime Minister David Thompson of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP). International observers assessed the vote as generally free and fair. Prime Minister Thompson died in office in October 2010 and was replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Security forces reported to civilian authorities.
The most serious human rights problem was occasional use of excessive force by the police.
Other human rights problems included societal violence against women and children and discrimination against gays and lesbians.
The government took steps to punish officials who committed abuses, and there was not a widespread perception of impunity for security force members. Continue reading