by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has passed 23 bills since taking office in August 2022.
The Bills include the Rastafari Rights Recognition Bill, 2023 and the Freedom of Conscience (Cannabis) Bill, 2023, as well as amendments to the Drug Act, Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders), (Amendment) Bill, 2023, the Smoking (Designated Area) Bill, 2023 and more.
During the recent Cabinet Town Hall, Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Hon. Garth Wilkin, commended the feat and credited it to the commitment of the new administration’s mandate to strengthen the Federation’s good governance agenda.
The Attorney General also updated the people on some of the regional and international bodies the Federation is now a part of, ensuring our voice in policy-making and regulations related to legal and Justice Affairs is heard.
“I’m proud to say that St. Kitts and Nevis was elected by Attorneys General and Law Ministers in the Commonwealth to serve on a special action group of nine nations. So the 56 members of the Commonwealth voted [for] me and our country to serve on a nine-member committee to advise the Commonwealth on the rule of law and equal access to justice throughout the Commonwealth… also St. Kitts and Nevis has been appointed to the executive committee of the Council of Legal Education. Which is the regional committee that deals with law schools and the training of lawyers throughout the region.”
The AG continues, “We also volunteered to serve on the Financial Action Task Force, Risk Trends and Method Group on money laundering risks associated with citizenship and residency by investment programs that allow us to advocate on the international stage to show that we are a good nation, we believe in our laws and that we will comply with any anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing issues that arise in international community to keep our good name in the international community,” – Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Hon. Garth Wilkin.