U.S. Department of State Annual Report on International Religious Freedom for 1999 - St. Lucia

Section I. Freedom of Religion

The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, and the Government respects this right in practice.

The dominant religion is Christianity (mostly Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Seventh-Day Adventist, Baptist, and Methodist) but religious freedom for others is not affected adversely. There is a Baha'i minority.

The Government is secular, but most government officials are Christian. The Government does not take any particular steps to promote interfaith understanding.

There was no change in the status of respect for religious freedom during the period covered by this report.

There were no reports of religious detainees or prisoners.

There were no reports of the forced religious conversion of minor U.S. citizens who had been abducted or illegally removed from the United States, or of the Government's refusal to allow such citizens to be returned to the United States.

Section II. Societal Attitudes

Relations between the various religious communities are generally amicable. The St. Lucia Christian Council conducts activities to promote greater mutual understanding and tolerance among adherents of different denominations within the Christian faith.

Section III. U.S. Government Policy

The U.S. Embassy discusses religious freedom with the Government in the overall context of the promotion of human rights. Embassy representatives have discussed issues or events surrounding religious freedom with government officials when soliciting support for international organization resolutions concerning religious freedom.

Comments:
The Annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom describes the status of religious freedom in each foreign country, and government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with P.L. 105-292 (105th Congress) and is cited as the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.
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