People on the Suriname River, Suriname. Editorial credit: Marcel Bakker


Suriname is a constitutional democracy that holds generally free and fair elections. However, corruption is a pervasive problem in government, and attacks on judicial independence and due process, underscored by the president’s interference in his own murder trial, remain a concern. Women, indigenous peoples, and the Maroon population are politically underrepresented.

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Freedom in the World — Suriname Country Report

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