Human Trafficking in [Antigua & Barbuda] [other countries]
Street Children in [Antigua & Barbuda] [other countries]
Child Prostitution in [Antigua & Barbuda] [other countries]
Torture in [Antigua & Barbuda] [other countries]

Torture by Police, Forced Disappearance

& Other Ill Treatment

In the early years of the 21st Century

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua has a relatively high GDP per capita in comparison to most other Caribbean nations. The economy experienced solid growth from 2003 to 2007, reaching over 12% in 2006 driven by a construction boom in hotels and housing associated with the Cricket World Cup. Growth dropped off in 2008 with the end of the boom. Tourism continues to dominate the economy, accounting for nearly 60% of GDP and 40% of investment. The dual-island nation's agricultural production is focused on the domestic market and constrained by a limited water supply and a labor shortage stemming from the lure of higher wages in tourism and construction. [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

High Commission for Antigua and Barbuda, Initial, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh periodic report of the States parties Antigua and Barbuda, 2001

[accessed 14 Jan 2014]

11. THE STATE OF TORTURE, INHUMAN AND DEGRADING PUNISHMENT IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA As a free and democratic society, Antigua and Barbuda takes allegations of torture or other inhuman or degrading punishment very seriously. To date, there has not been a single conviction or civil litigation decision to indicate the use of torture or other inhuman or degrading punishment in Antigua and Barbuda. Where allegations are made of instances of police use of excessive force or police brutality, such claims have been thoroughly investigated. The findings of these investigations are not secret, and whenever such investigations have been held, the local independent press has been kept abreast of all such investigations. While certain isolated incidents have occurred, they are quite uncommon, and the severity of the allegations or injuries do not suggest that there is any systemic or recurring instances of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment at any level of government.

The prison, built in the 18th century, was damaged in the 1990s by a fire. Since then, renovations and reparations have improved the conditions for inmates considerably. The prison is open for visits and inspections by international human rights observers, and a thorough inspection of the prison was undertaken during the preparation of this report. Prisoners are treated fairly and humanely, and while the budgetary constraints inherent in developing nations such as Antigua and Barbuda preclude the type of amenities typically found the prisons of the world's most affluent nations, the conditions at the prison are closely monitored by the government of Antigua and Barbuda to ensure that they adhere to both international human rights standards, and the common sense of dignity and decency for one's fellow citizen that Antiguans and Barbudans pride themselves on. In addition to strict rules dictating how inmates may be treated while incarcerated and how unruly prisoners may be punished there is also a comprehensive system in place for ensuring that the prison staff is monitored for regulation infractions, and that any such staff violations are dealt with quickly and effectively.

Human Rights Reports 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, February 25, 2009

[accessed 16 January 2013]

TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN, OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT The constitution specifically prohibits such practices, and the authorities generally respected these prohibitions in practice. Nonetheless, there were occasional reports of police brutality, corruption, excessive force, discrimination against homosexuals, and allegations of abuse by prison guards.

In May authorities placed a police officer on administrative leave for the beating of a 17-year-old. The deputy police commissioner promised an investigation, and the case was pending at year's end.

A court convicted one of two police officers who shot the husband in a domestic disturbance in 2006; final sentencing was pending at year's end.

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