government: constitutional government in free association with the US; the Compact of Free Association entered into force 1 October 1994
state of civil and political rights: Free
constitution: 1 January 1981
legal system: based on Trust Territory laws, acts of the legislature, municipal, common, and customary laws
legislative system: Bicameral Parliament (Olbiil Era Kelulau) consists of the Senate and the House of Delegates
judicial system: Supreme Court, National Court, Court of Common Pleas
religion: Christian majority
year of last executions: 0-0-0
death sentences: 0
international treaties on human rights and the death penalty:
Convention on the Rights of the Child
Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (signed only)
Palau abolished the death penalty in 1994.
On December 19, 2016, Palau co-sponsored and voted again in favour of the Resolution on a Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty at the UN General Assembly.