People in Ambergris Caye, Belize.  Editorial credit: OLya_L /


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.

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Freedom in the World — Belize Country Report

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

News & Perspectives on Belize