Maracas Beach, Trinidad and Tobago.  Editorial Credit:  Altin Osmanaj/Shutterstock.com

Trinidad and Tobago

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is a parliamentary democracy with vibrant media and civil society sectors. However, organized crime contributes to high levels of violence, and corruption among public officials remains a challenge. Other security concerns center on local adherents of Islamist militant groups. There is discrimination against the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community, though a 2018 court ruling effectively decriminalized same-sex sexual conduct.

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Freedom in the World — Trinidad and Tobago Country Report

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