Antigua Harbor. Editorial credit: Paola Leone /

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda is a democracy that holds regular elections. Corruption in government is a concern, and women and LGBT+ people are underrepresented in politics and experience some discrimination. In 2017, Hurricane Irma devastated Barbuda: the entire island was evacuated, and many residents lost their livelihoods; some have yet to return home. The government has since sought to weaken the island’s longstanding system of communal land rights.

Freedom in the World 2023

Freedom in the World — Antigua and Barbuda Country Report

Antigua and Barbuda is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.