Ngerulmud, Melekeok State, Palau. Editorial Credit:  San Hoyano/


Palau’s presidential republic is maintained through regular democratic elections. The judiciary and the media are independent, and civil liberties are generally upheld. The government has sought to combat official corruption in recent years. Many in the country’s large population of foreign workers remain vulnerable to exploitation.

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Freedom in the World — Palau Country Report

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