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. Civil liberties are generally upheld. However, the political leadership remains dominated by a few families, ethnic divisions are increasingly prominent in politics. Corruption is a problem, journalists occasionally face harassment and legal pressure, integration of women into the political system has been slow, and LGBT+ 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.