People in Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Editorial credit: gg-foto / Shutterstock.com

Vanuatu

Vanuatu conducts democratic elections but suffers from a pattern of unstable coalition governments that do not complete their terms. Although political corruption is a problem, the largely independent judiciary has been able to hold elected officials accountable in high-profile cases. Other persistent problems include domestic violence and societal discrimination against women.

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 — Vanuatu Country Report

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