People in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Editorial credit: Aleksei Denisov /

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic holds regular elections that are relatively free, though recent years have been characterized by controversies around implementing a new electoral framework. Pervasive corruption undermines state institutions. Discrimination against Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants, as well as against LGBT+ people, remain serious problems.

Freedom in the World 2023

Freedom in the World — Dominican Republic Country Report

Dominican Republic is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2022, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.