Freedom and Rights in Barbados

An important aspect of responsible and ethical travel is an awareness of your destination country's record on political and economic freedoms, civil and political rights, and corruption and press censorship. Here we have amalgamated data from a range of indices produced by different worldwide organisations (see details below) to assess the status of Barbados across these measures. Barbados currently has an overall ranking of 59 out of 195 countries. To see how Barbados compares with other countries, see our full list of countries freedoms and rights. Please be aware this is just intended as a broad overview and snapshot and the rankings are dependent on the criteria used by the respective organisations.

Freedom in the WorldFree1 -
Democracy IndexNo Data- -
Index of Economic FreedomModerately Free67.9 46 (179)
Press Freedom IndexNo Data- -
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights-2 -
Corruption Perceptions IndexLow corruption74 17 (174)
Average61.9 59 (195)

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Freedom in the World

Freedom in the World, Freedom Houses flagship publication, is the standard-setting comparative assessment of global political rights and civil liberties. Published annually since 1972, the survey ratings and narrative reports on 195 countries and 14 related and disputed territories are used by policymakers, the media, international corporations, civic activists, and human rights defenders to monitor trends in democracy and track improvements and setbacks in freedom worldwide.

Year of Report: 2015     Scoring: 1 to 7 (1=most free, 7=least free)

Results: 1 - Free

Breakdown: Political Rights (1), Civil Liberties (1)

Index of Economic Freedom

For over a decade, The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation, Washington's preeminent think tank, have tracked the march of economic freedom around the world with the influential Index of Economic Freedom. Since 1995, the Index has brought Adam Smith's theories about liberty, prosperity and economic freedom to life by creating 10 benchmarks that gauge the economic success of 185 countries around the world, covering 10 freedoms from property rights to entrepreneurship.

Year of Report: 2015     Scoring: 1 to 100 (1=least free, 100=most free)

Results: 67.9 - Moderately Free     Rank: 46/179

ILGA LGBT rights

The ILGA Report on State-Sponsored Homophobia is a comprehensive outline of the legal status of same-sex sexual activity in countries across the world. In addition to core legal issues, it addresses issues around same-sex marriage and adoption, the prohibition of discrimination in employment and constitutionally and issues around hate crimes and incitement to hatred.

Year of Report: 2015     Scoring: -5 to 10 (-5=fewest rights, 10=most rights)

Results: -2 - No rights

Breakdown: Homosexuality illegal (-2)

Corruption Perceptions Index

The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) from Transparency International ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. It is a composite index a combination of polls drawing on corruption-related data collected by a variety of reputable institutions. The CPI reflects the views of observers from around the world, including experts living and working in the countries and territories evaluated.

Year of Report: 2014     Scoring: 1 to 100 (1=most corruption, 100=least corruption)

Results: 74 - Low corruption     Rank: 17/174