THE GOVERNMENT of Antigua and Barbuda says it will formally apologise before the Organisation of American States on Monday for its discrimination against the Rastafarian community, in an effort to improve relations with the religious group.

An Antigua and Barbuda Government statement on the weekend said that its OAS Ambassador Sir Ronald Sanders, will address the permanent council on the issue.

The statement said Sanders’ report is in keeping with Inter-American Democratic Charter of the OAS, which requires the elimination of all forms of discrimination and intolerance, as well as respect for cultural and religious diversity in the Americas, including the Caribbean.

The ambassador is expected to be joined by Franklyn Francis, a leading member of the Rastafari community – known as King Frank I- during the address.

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