Georgetown, Guyana.  Editorial credit: Matyas Rehak /


Guyana is a parliamentary democracy with a lively press and a robust civil society. However, elections in March 2020 were marred by attempted fraud perpetrated by the incumbent government, and violent crime and discrimination against Indigenous and LGBT+ people remain significant problems. The recent discovery of rich offshore oil and natural gas reserves has raised the stakes of anticorruption reforms and revived traditional ethnopolitical divisions.

Iranian people in Izmir protest the death of Mahsa Amini by the morality police in Iran.

Freedom in the World — Guyana Country Report

Guyana is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.