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 involving the electoral framework. Pervasive corruption undermines state institutions, and discrimination against Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants, as well as against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people, remains a serious problem.

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 — Dominican Republic Country Report

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