Hundreds of protesters march through Sydney, Australia calling for the Australian government to close the refugee camps on Manus and Nauru islands. Editorial credit: Holli /


People in Nauru generally enjoy political rights and civil liberties, though the government has taken steps to sideline its political opponents, and corruption is a serious problem. Asylum seekers and refugees housed in Nauru under an agreement with Australia live in dire conditions, and the country has attracted sustained international criticism over the persistent reports of abuses against them.

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Freedom in the World — Nauru Country Report

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