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* World Justice Project ranks Sri Lanka at the top in South Asian region
Fri, Mar 7, 2014, 02:06 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka ranked at the top of the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2014 among its South Asian neighbors and ranked 48th globally out of 99 countries the index evaluated.

The World Justice Project Wednesday released its Rule of Law Index 2014 which measures how the rule of law is experienced by ordinary people around the world.

The WJP Rule of Law Index measures how the rule of law is experienced in everyday life in 99 countries around the globe, based on over 100,000 household and 2,400 expert surveys worldwide.

The Index assesses the adherence to the rule of law using 47 indicators organized around eight themes: constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice.

Among its South Asian neighbors, Sri Lanka ranked first in absence of corruption and criminal justice categories while ranked third in constraints on government powers and ranked second in other categories. Sri Lanka received an overall score of 0.52 out of one among the 99 countries surveyed.

According to the WJP report Sri Lanka outperforms its regional peers in most dimensions of the rule of law. The country also outpaces most lower-middle income countries in several areas, ranking second in delivering effective criminal justice, despite a recent deterioration in this area.

Ranking 39th globally and first in the region Sri Lanka has relatively effective control of corruption, the report said.

On the other hand violence and human rights violations related to the legacy of a protracted civil conflict remained problematic despite recent improvements, it said.

"Other areas of concern are delays and barriers to access civil justice, ineffective criminal investigations, due process, ineffective criminal investigations, due process violations and lack of accessibility of official information," the report further said.

The surveys in Sri Lanka were conducted in Colombo, Negombo, and Kandy.

In the South Asian region India ranked 66th, Bangladesh 92nd, Pakistan 96th, Nepal 57th and Afghanistan at 98th.

Globally Denmark ranked at the top of the Index followed by Norway, Sweden, Finland and Netherlands in that order in the top five of the Rule of Law Index.

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