The Principality of Monaco is a constitutional monarchy in which the sovereign prince plays the leading governmental role. The prince appoints the government, which consists of a minister of state and five ministers. The prince shares the country’s legislative power with the popularly elected National Council. Multiparty elections for the National Council in 2013 were considered free and fair.
Civilian authorities maintained effective control over the security forces.
There were no egregious human rights abuses.
Among other problems, prisoners had insufficient access to sunlight and outdoor exercise. Citizens cannot change the hereditary monarchy, which plays a substantial role in governing the country. The lack of a requirement for government officials to file financial disclosure reports hindered the oversight against official corruption. Foreign women did not enjoy equal access to social benefits. There is no explicit law against direct and indirect discrimination.
There were no reports of abuses committed by government officials.