Labadee, Haiti. Editorial credit: mikeledray /


Haiti’s status declined from Partly Free to Not Free due to the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, an ongoing breakdown in the electoral system and other state institutions, and the corrosive effects of organized crime and violence on civic life.

People gather in Myanmar to protest the February 1, 2021 military coup. (Image credit: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Freedom in the World — Haiti Country Report

Due to the assassination of the president; the breakdown in state institutions; and the effects of organized crime and violence, Haiti fell from Partly Free to Not Free in Freedom in the World 2022, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

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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.