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. Civil liberties are generally upheld, and the multiparty political system is largely democratic, though it has experienced growing interference from the Turkish government. Other ongoing concerns include corruption, discrimination against minority communities, and human trafficking.

Iranian people in Izmir protest the death of Mahsa Amini by the morality police in Iran.

Freedom in the World — Northern Cyprus Territory Report

Northern Cyprus is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

* Indicates a territory as opposed to an independent country.