People in Maafushi, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives. Editorial credit: Marija Vujosevic /


An opposition victory in the 2018 presidential election resulted in initial efforts to revise antidemocratic laws and establish transitional justice mechanisms. Despite improvements since the election, many basic freedoms remain restricted, and government-led efforts to reform the justice system remain nascent.

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Freedom in the World — Maldives Country Report

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