4 February 2018, Sun, 2:31

Bangladesh ranked 102 out of 113 countries on rule of law

Bangladesh has ranked 102nd out of 113 countries on the Rule of Law Index for 2017-18 prepared by Washington-based rights body Word Justice Project (WJP), improving one position from the 2016 WJP Rule of Law Index.

Its score places it at 4 out of 6 countries in the South Asia region, 24 out of 30 among lower middle income countries, and 102 out of 113 countries and jurisdictions worldwide, according to the report released on Wednesday.

The report measures rule of law adherence in 113 countries worldwide based on more than 110,000 household and 3,000 expert surveys.

Featuring primary data, the WJP Rule of Law Index measures the rule of law performance of a country using 44 indicators across eight primary rule of law factors: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice, and Criminal Justice.

The top three overall performers in the 2017-2018 WJP Rule of Law Index are Denmark (1), Norway (2), and Finland (3); the bottom three are Afghanistan (111), Cambodia (112), and Venezuela (113).

Globally, a majority of countries worldwide saw their scores decline since the publication of the last WJP Rule of Law 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. The Index relies on more than 110,000 household and 3,000 expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced and perceived in practical, everyday situations by the general public worldwide.

“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.”