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.

Freedom in the World 2023

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.

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