Belize is a democracy that has experienced regular rotations of power through competitive elections. Civil liberties are mostly respected. Government corruption is a concern, as is the high rate of violent crime. Authorities have been slow to address persistent problems of police brutality and human trafficking within the country’s borders.
Freedom in the World — Belize Country Report
Belize is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
News & Perspectives on Belize
Belize: Supreme Court Overturns anti-Homosexuality Law
August 10, 2016
Latin America Shows That Democratization Is Possible Anywhere
August 3, 2015