People in Bridgetown, Barbados. Editorial credit: Solarisys /


Barbados is a democracy that regularly holds competitive elections and upholds civil liberties. Challenges include official corruption and a lack of government transparency, discrimination against the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) population, violent crime, and poverty.

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Freedom in the World —Barbados Country Report

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