Government corruption, discrimination and violence against women and girls, poor prison conditions, child abuse and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBT) community were among the most serious human rights problems in St. Kitts and Nevis in 2016, according to the United States Department of State Human Rights Report for 2017.The Department of State’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 sent to the United States Congress.
“On June 23, a police officer shot another police officer while involved in a scuffle with a suspect. The wounded police officer later died of sepsis. The commissioner of police stated that an inquest into the shooting was being conducted. On June 27, an off-duty police officer involved in an altercation shot two bystanders outside a bar, both of whom survived. As of September the commissioner reported the case was with the Director of Public Prosecution’s Office,” said the report.