People in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. Editorial credit: Angela N Perryman /

St. Lucia

St. Lucia is a parliamentary democracy that holds competitive elections and has long experienced peaceful transfers of power between rival parties. Persistent challenges include government corruption and inadequate transparency, police brutality and a perception of impunity for such abuses, and discrimination against LGBT+ people.

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Freedom in the World — St. Lucia Country Report

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