POST TIME: 1 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Bangladesh improves one position to 102

Bangladesh improves one position to 102

Bangladesh ranked 102nd out of 113 countries on World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index 2017–2018, rising one position from last year.

According to the index, which measures rule of law adherence in 113 countries worldwide based on more than 110,000 household and 3,000 expert surveys, Bangladesh is placed at 4th out of 6 countries in the South Asia region.

The index also places Bangladesh at 24 out of 30 among lower middle income countries.

The index measures countries’ rule of law performance across eight factors: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice, and Criminal Justice.

Bangladesh stood at 103 in the 2016 WJP Rule of Law Index.

 The top three overall performers in the 2017-2018 WJP Rule of Law Index were Denmark, Norway, and Finland, while the bottom three were Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Venezuela.

Globally, a majority of countries worldwide saw their scores decline since the publication of the last index in October, 2016, in the areas of human rights, checks on government powers, and civil and criminal justice.

Regionally, South Asia’s top performer in the Index is Nepal, which rose 5 positions to 58th place out of 113 countries worldwide.

With the exception of Afghanistan, which stayed in 111th place, all of the countries in this region improved in the global ranks. Sri Lanka improved the most dramatically, moving up 9 positions to 59th place out of 113 indexed countries.

The WJP Rule of Law Index is the world’s leading source for original data on the rule of law.

“Effective rule of law is the foundation for communities of equity, opportunity, and peace,” said William H. Neukom, WJP founder and CEO.

“No country has achieved a perfect realization of the rule of law. The WJP Rule of Law Index is intended to be a first step in setting benchmarks, informing reforms, stimulating programs, and deepening appreciation and understanding for the foundational importance of the rule of law,” Neukom added.