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Constitution of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas

The Constitution of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas ensures access to information and participation within the framework of the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association. It also provides constitutional guarantees in case the aforementioned rights are infringed.

Highlights

Access to information (article 23(1))

Except with his consent, no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of expression, and for the purposes of this Article the said freedom includes freedom to hold opinions, to receive and impart ideas and information without interference, and freedom from interference with his correspondence.  

Public participation (article 24(1))

The Constitution recognizes freedom of association and peaceful assembly, which are key enablers for public participation. Except with his consent, no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of peaceful 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 association for the protection of his interests. 

Access to justice (articles 20(9), 28(1) and 104)

If any person alleges that any of the provisions of Articles 16 to 27 (inclusive) of this Constitution has been, is being of is likely to be contravened in relation to him then, without prejudice to any other action with respect to the same matter which is lawfully available, that person may apply to the Supreme Court for redress. 

An appeal to the Court of appeal shall lie as of right from final decisions of the Supreme Court given in exercise of the jurisdiction related to the enforcement of fundamental rights and freedoms.

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Date

20/06/1973

Type

Constitution