Person in Port Louis, Mauritius. Editorial credit: Phuong D. Nguyen /


Mauritius is home to an open, multiparty system that has allowed for the regular handover of power between parties through free and fair elections. However, the political leadership remains dominated by a few families, corruption is a problem, journalists occasionally face harassment and legal pressure, and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people face threats and discrimination.

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Freedom in the World — Mauritius Country Report

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