Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is an island in the Lesser Antilles Island arc. The territory of the island consists of the main island of Saint Vincent and the two-thirds of the Grenadines, which are a chain of smaller islands.

Systemic Discrimination
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Free and Equal

Constitution and government

The constitution and other laws protect the rights to religious freedom, freedom of conscience of expressions and of assembly and association. There is no state religion, but the preamble states that people of SVG “have affirmed that the Nation is founded on the belief in the supremacy of God and the freedom and dignity of man”.
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There is an anti-blasphemy law in place, but there is no record of it being enforced.

Education and children’s rights

According to the SVG Education Bill 2005 “religious education must be a part of the curriculum of every public or assisted private school at the primary, all- age secondary level.” But it is not a condition of admission that the student participates in religious education or attends or abstains from attending any place of religious instruction.

Family, community and society

According to the 2001 census, 81.5% of the population are Christians, 6.7% have another religion and 8.8% are considered as non-religious and 1.5% did not state a religion. Anglicanism is the largest Christian religion with 17.8% of religious people and Pentecostals are the second-largest with 17.6% of population. The percentage distribution of other religious groups is the following: Methodists (11 percent), Seventh-day Adventists (10 percent), Baptists (10 percent), and Roman Catholics (7 percent). There is a small number of non-religious groups which are Rastafarians, Hindus and Muslims.

Rastafarians have complained of discrimination in hiring and in schools, claiming that “elements of their religion, such as wearing dreadlocks and smoking marijuana, presented serious barriers to their ability to find employment and achieve professional status in the official economy”.