U.S. Department of State Country Report on Human Rights Practices 1997 - Iceland
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Publication Date||30 January 1998|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, U.S. Department of State Country Report on Human Rights Practices 1997 - Iceland, 30 January 1998, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aa4610.html [accessed 29 January 2015]|
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Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, January 30, 1998.
ICELANDIceland is a constitutional republic and a multiparty parliamentary democracy. Its people participate in high percentages in regular, free, and fair elections which determine the distribution of power among political parties and leaders. The judiciary is independent. Elected officials control the police force, which scrupulously observes and enforces the laws that ensure protection of human rights. Iceland has a mixed, open economy, in which citizens have the right to hold private property. It provides residents with a high standard of living. The leading export, marine products, accounts for almost 80 percent of export revenues. The Government generally respects the human rights of its citizens, and the law and judiciary provide effective means of dealing with instances of individual abuse. There is some societal discrimination against women, which the Government has begun to address.