People in Falmouth, Jamaica. Editorial credit: Wangkun Jia /


Jamaica’s political system is democratic, and features competitive elections and orderly rotations of power. However, corruption remains a serious problem, and long-standing relationships between officials and organized crime figures are thought to persist. Violent crime remains a concern, as does harassment and violence against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people.

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Freedom in the World — Jamaica Country Report

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