Trinidad and Tobago. In June, Parliament’s lower house approved a bill that makes child marriage illegal in the country. The proposal had already been voted on in the Senate in January. The new law increased the age of marriage to 18 years. According to Countryaah.com, 3,478 child marriages had been concluded in the country from 1996 to 2016, where in 98% of the cases the minor was a girl.
In November, former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was re-elected as party leader of the United National Congress (UNC) opposition party. Persad-Bissessar won the vote by a large margin when she was elected to her third term as party leader, a position she held since 2010. In November, riots broke out in the poor residential area of Beetham in the capital Port of Spain. Residents attacked vehicles, including police cars, to show their dissatisfaction with the lack of jobs and the generally poor life situation in the area.
Trinidad and Tobago was one of 17 countries and territories included in the EU’s first black list of tax havens, published in December.