Human Rights: Countries: Trinidad & Tobago
The country is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious island nation with Indo-Trinidadians (35.4%) and Afro-Trinidadians (34.2%) accounting for the majority of the population. The racial and religious animosity between Afro-Trinidadians and IndoTrinidadians has been exacerbated over the years, with Hindu Indo-Trinidadians (18.2%) facing hate speech and intolerance. Hindus have faced a multitude of human rights issues, including physical attacks, temple desecration, economic/political discrimination, and the inequitable distribution of government funds. Conditions for Hindus have significantly improved under the government of Kamla Persad Bissessar, with an increase in religious freedom and equal protection under the law.