Haiti’s elections are regularly subject to delays, fraud, and violence, and the political system as a whole is undermined by corruption. The criminal justice system lacks the resources, independence, and integrity to uphold due process and ensure physical security for the population. Antigovernment protests often result in excessive use of force by police.
Freedom in the World — Haiti Country Report
Haiti is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
- 2019 Haiti Country Report
- 2020 Country Report — Coming Soon!
Countries in the Spotlight
Freedom in the World's Countries in the Spotlight features countries that experienced important developments in 2019 that affected their democratic trajectory, and deserve special scrutiny in 2020. In Haiti, a political stalemate prevented the government from tackling critical problems, as elections were postponed and mass protests disrupted activity at schools, businesses, and hospitals. View the full Freedom in the World report to learn about the other Countries in the Spotlight.