Iraqi people hold a public demonstration against the government. Baghdad, Iraq. 1 November 2019. Editorial credit: Eng. Bilal Izaddin /


Iraq holds regular, competitive elections, and the country’s various partisan, religious, and ethnic groups generally enjoy representation in the political system. However, democratic governance is impeded in practice by corruption, militias operating outside the bounds of the law, and the weakness of formal institutions.

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

Freedom in the World — Iraq Country Report

Iraq is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.


Freedom on the Net — Iraq Country Report

Iraq is rated Partly Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.