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

Palau

Palau’s presidential system of government is maintained through regular democratic elections. The judiciary and the media are independent, and civil liberties are generally upheld. A Compact of Free Association with the United States provides defense guarantees and financial assistance. 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.

An opposition demonstrator plays the violin during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images.

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.