Little San Salvador Island, The Bahamas. Editorial credit: Arturo Verea /

The Bahamas

The Bahamas are a stable democracy where political rights and civil liberties are generally respected. However, the islands have a relatively high homicide rate. Harsh immigration policies, which mainly affect Haitian-Bahamians and Haitian migrants, are often executed in the absence of due process. Government corruption is a serious problem that is thought to have had significant economic consequences.

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Freedom in the World — Bahamas Country Report

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