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Property, Inheritance and Land Tenure

Barbados, English

Whereas every person in Barbados is entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, that is to say, the right, whatever his race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, creed or sex, but subject to respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for the public interest, to each and all of the following, namely-

(b) protection for the privacy of his home and other property and from deprivation of property without compensation;
… (Sec. 11)

Property, Inheritance and Land Tenure

Barbados, English

(1) Subject to the provisions of this section—
(a) no law shall make any provision that is discriminatory either of itself or in its effect;

(2) In this section the expression “discriminatory” means affording different treatment to different persons attributable wholly or mainly to their respective descriptions by race, place of origin, political opinions, colour or creed, whereby persons of one such description are subjected to disabilities or restrictions to which persons of another such description are not made subject or are accorded privileges or advantages which are not afforded to persons of another such description.
(3) Subsection (1)(a) shall not apply to any law so far as that law makes provision—

(b) with respect to adoption, marriage, divorce, burial, devolution of property on death or other matters of personal law;
… (Sec. 23)

Employment Rights and Protection

Barbados, English

… Now, therefore, the people of Barbados

(d) resolve that the operation of the economic system shall promote the general welfare by the equitable distribution of the material resources of the community, by the human conditions under which all men shall labour and by the undeviating recognition of ability, integrity and merit;
… (Preamble)

Head of State

Barbados, English

There shall be a Governor-General of Barbados who shall be appointed by Her Majesty and shall hold office during Her Majesty’s pleasure and who shall be Her Majesty’s representative in Barbados. (Sec. 28)

Legislature

Barbados, English

Subject to the provisions of section 38, any person who at the date of his appointment-
(a) is a citizen of Barbados of the age of twenty-one years or upwards; and
(b) has been ordinarily resident in Barbados for the immediately preceding twelve months, shall be qualified to be appointed as a Senator. (Sec. 37)

Electoral Bodies

Barbados, English

(1) There shall be an Electoral and Boundaries Commission for Barbados (in this Part referred to as the “Commission”).
… (Sec. 41A)

Legislature

Barbados, English

(1) The Senate shall consist of twenty-one persons who, being qualified for appointment as Senators in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution, have been so appointed in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(2) Twelve Senators shall be appointed by the Governor General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, by instrument under the Public Seal.
(3) Two Senators shall be appointed by the Governor General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Leader of the Opposition, by instrument under the Public Seal.
(4) Seven Senators shall be appointed by the Governor General, acting in his discretion, by instrument under the Public Seal, to represent religious, economic or social interests or such other interests as the Governor-General considers ought to be represented:
Provided that before appointing any person under this subsection the Governor-General shall consult such persons as, in his discretion, he considers can speak for those interests and ought to be consulted. (Sec. 36)

Government

Barbados, English

(1) Whenever the Governor-General has occasion to appoint a Prime Minister he shall, acting in his discretion, appoint the member of the House of Assembly who, in his judgment, is best able to command the confidence of a majority of the members of that House.
(2) The other Ministers shall be appointed by the Governor General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, from among the members of the two Houses.
… (Sec. 65)

Political Rights and Association

Barbados, English

Whereas every person in Barbados is entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, that is to say, the right, whatever his race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, creed or sex, but subject to respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for the public interest, to each and all of the following, namely-

(d) freedom of conscience, of expression and of assembly and association,
… (Sec. 11)

Political Rights and Association

Barbados, English

(1) Except with his own consent, no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of assembly and association, that is to say, his right to assemble freely and associate with other persons and in particular to form or belong to political parties or to form or belong to trade unions or other associations for the protection of his interests.
… (Sec. 21)