Police Abuse Highlighted In Human Rights Report

human-rightsPolice abuse, detainee abuse and witness intimidation were once again listed as the most serious human rights issues the Bahamas faces, according to a newly released human rights report from the US State Department.

Other human rights problems highlighted in the report included poor detention conditions; corruption; violence and discrimination against women; sexual abuse of children; and discrimination based on ethnic descent, sexual orientation, or HIV status.

The latest report also acknowledged that the government took action against police officers accused of an abuse of power, and there was not a widespread perception of impunity.

The report also once again stated that there were questionable deaths of suspects while in police custody as well as occasional reports of fatal shootings.