U.S. Department of State Country Report on Human Rights Practices 1997 - Grenada
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Publication Date||30 January 1998|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, U.S. Department of State Country Report on Human Rights Practices 1997 - Grenada, 30 January 1998, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aa432c.html [accessed 2 September 2014]|
Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, January 30, 1998.
GRENADAGrenada is a parliamentary democracy, with a Governor General as titular Head of State. In June 1995 parliamentary elections, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell's New National Party (NNP) won 8 of 15 seats and formed a majority government. The elections were openly and fairly contested, and were free of violence. The judiciary is independent. The 750-member Royal Grenada Police Force is responsible for maintaining law and order. It is controlled by and responsive to civilian authorities. Grenada has a free market economy based upon agriculture and tourism. The real economic growth rate was 3 percent for 1996, and the projected annual growth for 1997 was 4 percent. Citizens enjoy a wide range of civil and political rights. Human rights problems included allegations of police brutality in the course of criminal investigations, but there were no judicially confirmed cases. The Commissioner of Police has spoken out strongly against police use of unlawful force. Violence against women is common.