United States Department of State (2016) Dominica 2016 Human Rights Report

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
Dominica is a multiparty, parliamentary democracy. In the 2014 general elections, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s Dominica Labor Party prevailed over the opposition United Workers Party by a margin of 15 seats to six. Organization of American States election observers noted some irregularities but found the elections generally free and fair.Civilian authorities maintained effective control over the security forces.

The most significant human rights abuses included domestic and sexual violence against women and children.

Other human rights problems included laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons and discrimination against persons with disabilities.

The government took steps to prosecute officials who committed abuses, and there were no known cases of impunity during the year.

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