Trinidad and Tobago recorded significant human rights issues last year, including credible reports of unlawful killings by police, the forcible return of asylum-seekers, serious acts of corruption and trafficking in persons.

This was noted in the US Department of State’s 2022 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices released on Tuesday.

The report said the government in T-and-T took steps to identify, investigate, prosecute and punish officials who committed human rights abuses or corruption.

But it notes that impunity persisted due to open-ended investigations and the generally slow pace of criminal judicial proceedings.

The report said the human rights situation in Trinidad and Tobago was marked by credible reports of police killings, which were often reported as being arbitrary or unlawful.