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
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.