Saint Lucia is an island nation in the eastern Caribbean Sea which maintains a multi-party parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy. The country maintains no official religion, however concerns about religious privileging do exist.

Systemic Discrimination
Mostly Satisfactory
No Rating

Constitution and government

The constitution does not establish any religion, but it begins by invoking “faith in the supremacy of the Almighty God”.

The constitution and other laws and policies protect freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and freedom of assembly and association. These rights are generally respected in practice.

Certain privileges exist for religious groups and institutions which are not extended to secular organizations, with exemption from some labour requirements.


There is an anti-blasphemy law in place, but there is no record of it being enforced. Laws such as Article 566 of the criminal code (“Irreverence near place of worship during service, or cemetery during burial”) and Article 567 (“Disturbing person in place of worship”) only seem to protect specifically religious worshippers against harassment, and not to prevent legitimate criticism of religion in any broader context.

Education and children’s rights

The school curriculum includes Christian education and religious instruction is permitted in public schools, however, non-Christian students are not required to participate. Several religious schools exist which are funded by religious institutions.