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.

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Freedom in the World — Guyana Country Report

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