Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus. Editorial credit: Steve Allen /

Northern Cyprus*

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is a self-declared state recognized only by Turkey. It has a democratic, multiparty political system, and civil liberties are generally upheld. Ongoing concerns include undue political and economic influence from Turkey, corruption, discrimination against minority communities, and human trafficking.

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Freedom in the World — Northern Cyprus Territory Report

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

* Indicates a territory as opposed to an independent country.