Guyana is a parliamentary democracy that features regular elections, a lively press, and a robust civil society. However, discrimination against indigenous and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people and violent crime remain significant problems. The recent discovery of rich oil and natural gas reserves beneath Guyana’s coastal waters has prompted calls for continued progress on anticorruption reforms. The prospect of increased revenues also appears to be exacerbating traditional ethnopolitical divisions.
Freedom in the World — Guyana Country Report
Guyana is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
- 2019 Guyana Country Report
- 2020 Country Report — Coming Soon!