government: constitutional government in free association with the US; the Compact of Free Association entered into force 3 November 1986 and the Amended Compact entered into force May 2004
state of civil and political rights: Free
constitution: 10 May 1979
legal system: based on adapted Trust Territory laws, acts of the legislature, municipal, common, and customary laws
legislative system: unicameral Congress
judicial system: Supreme Court
religion: Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 47%, other 3%
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
The Constitution of the Federated States of Micronesia (1980) at Article 4, Section 9, states: "capital punishment is prohibited." No execution has been carried out since independence was declared on November 3, 1986. Micronesia had previously been a Trust Territory under the United States.
On December 19, 2016, Micronesia 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.