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

Belize

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.

An opposition demonstrator plays the violin during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images.

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.

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