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Antigua and Barbuda

Section II. Status of Government Respect for Religious Freedom

Government Practices

The government established a vaccine mandate in October for all public sector and government workers.  Some religious leaders requested an exemption to the vaccine mandate, but Seventh-day Adventist leaders said they would not support exemption requests from their members.  While its restrictions to address the COVID-19 pandemic were in effect throughout the year, the government on occasion granted curfew exemptions to religious leaders to engage in religious activities.

Some members of the Rastafarian community said they continued to object to the government’s requirement of vaccinations for all children attending public schools.

Section IV. U.S. Government Policy and Engagement

Embassy officials spoke with the Ministry of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development’s Office of Ecclesiastical Affairs to highlight the value of religious diversity in contributing to society.

The embassy maintained social media engagement on religious freedom issues.

The embassy also recognized the celebration of diverse religious holidays throughout the year.  In January, a series of posts highlighted U.S. National Religious Freedom Day and International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future