The United States researches and publishes reports each year on every country in the world, including itself, in a variety of areas. These reports are intended to shed light on respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, enshrined in international treaties. These reports build off of publicly available information and conversations that embassy officials have had with those working in the field. In Madagascar and around the world, they serve as reference documents on which discussions about these issues can take place and progress can be achieved. More information about Madagascar is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed below:
- Madagascar 2017 International Religious Freedom Report
- 2017 Madagascar Human Rights Report
- 2016 Madagascar International Religious Freedom report (PDF 99K)
- 2017 Madagascar Trafficking in Persons Report (PDF 93K)
- 2016 Madagascar Human Rights Report
- 2015 Madagascar International Religious Freedom Report
The constitution provides for freedom of religious thought and expression and prohibits religious discrimination in the workplace
- 2016 Madagascar Trafficking in Persons Report
Madagascar is a source country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and women and children subjected to sex trafficking. Malagasy children, mostly from rural and coastal regions, and from impoverished families in urban areas, are exploited in prostitution, domestic servitude, and forced labor in mining, fishing, and agriculture across the country.
- 2015 Madagascar Human Rights Report
Madagascar is a constitutional democracy. In October and December 2013, the country held presidential and legislative elections for the first time since an illegitimate civilian regime headed by former de facto president Andry Rajoelina assumed power in a military-backed coup in 2009.