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Antigua and Barbuda

Constitution as adopted on 1 November 1981.

Article 5

    2. Any person who is arrested or detained shall be informed orally and in writing as soon as reasonable and practicable, in the language that he understands, of the reason for his arrest or detention.
Article 15
    2. Every person who is charged with a criminal offence... (b) shall be informed orally and in writing as soon as reasonably practicable, in language that he understands, of the nature of the offence with which he is charged;...

    (f) shall be permitted to have without payment the assistance of an interpreter if he cannot understand the language used at the trial of the charge.

Article 29

    Subject to the provisions of Section 30 of this Constitution any person who at the date of his appointment... (c) is able to speak and, unless incapacitated by blindness or other physical cause, to read the English language with sufficient proficiency to enable him to take an active part in the proceedings of the Senate, shall be qualified to be appointed as a Senator.

    (2) They have the right freely to express, preserve and develop their ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic identity, to study and to be taught in their mother tongue, as well as unite in organizations and societies for the protection of their interests and identity.

Article 38

    Subject to the provisions of Section 39 of this Constitution, any person who at the date of his election... (c) is able to speak and, unless incapacitated by blindness or other physical cause, to read the English language with sufficient proficiency to enable him to take an active part in the proceedings of the House, shall be qualified to be elected as a member of the House.

Note: The complete text of the Constitution of Antigua and Baruda is also available on the Internet.


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