Justice index reveals global fall in basic justice

More than 70 of 113 countries surveyed for latest Rule of Law Index report their fundamental human rights are being eroded. The survey put Turkey among the worst top 12 in Rule of Law Index.

Fundamental human rights are reported to have diminished in almost two-thirds of the 113 countries surveyed for the 2018 Rule of Law Index, amid concerns over a worldwide surge in authoritarian nationalism and a retreat from international legal obligations.

The 2018 index, published by the World Justice Project (WJP), gathers data from more than 110,000 households and 3,000 experts to compare their experiences of legal systems worldwide.

Turkey dropped in 101 of the 113 countries that were evaluated about rule of law. Venezuela is at the bottom of the index behind Cambodia and Afghanistan.

Turkey (101st) also sit at the bottom of the Eastern Europe and Asia region followed by Uzbekistan (91st) and Russia (89th).

Non-discrimination, freedom of expression and religion, the right to privacy and workers’ rights were all taken into account in calculating observance of people’s fundamental rights across the world.

While the Nordic trio of Denmark, Norway and Finland again rank first to third in the index, the United Kingdom has dropped out of the top 10 to 11th place overall. In all, 38 countries have seen their overall Rule of Law score diminish since the last index.

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