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Dominican Republic gets low grades on Rule of Law

DR Falls Seven Positions in 2016 World Justice Project Rule of Law Index

Washington, DC  (20 October 2016) – The World Justice Project (WJP) today released the WJP Rule of Law Index® 2016, the annual report measuring how the rule of law is experienced by the general public worldwide. According to the Index, Dominican Republic’s overall rule of law performance places it at 23 out of 30 countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region*, 30 out of 37 among upper-middle income countries, and 85 out of 113 countries and jurisdictions worldwide.

Dominican Republic’s decline from its previous position in the 2015 WJP Rule of Law Index was primarily driven by a downturn in performance in the area of Constraints on Government Powers. Detailed information about the factors used in the WJP Rule of Law Index can be found at http://worldjusticeproject.org/rule-of-law-index (note that ranking changes were calculated by comparing countries against the original 2015 WJP Rule of Law Index country set, excluding the 11 new countries added to the Index this year).

The WJP Rule of Law Index is the world’s leading source for original data on the rule of law. The 2016 edition expands coverage to 113 countries and jurisdictions (from 102 in 2015), relying on more than 100,000 household and expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced in practical, everyday situations by the general public worldwide. Performance is measured using 44 indicators across eight primary rule of law factors, each of which is scored and ranked globally and against regional and income peers: 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 WJP Rule of Law Index 2016 were Denmark (1), Norway (2), and Finland (3); the bottom three were Afghanistan (111), Cambodia (112), and Venezuela (113). In the Latin American and Caribbean region, the top performer was Uruguay; the bottom performer was Venezuela.

The complete 2016 report—including online data visualizations and download options— is available on October 20 at: www.worldjusticeproject.org/rule-of-law-index

“Effective rule of law is the foundation for communities of peace, equity, and opportunity,” said William H. Neukom, WJP Founder and CEO. “No country has ever attained—let alone sustained—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 and guiding reforms, and deepening appreciation and understanding for the foundational importance of the rule of law.”

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC RANKINGS

WJP Rule of Law Index 2016 performance (1 is best)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC RANKINGS
WJP Rule of Law Index 2016
performance (1 is best)

FACTOR REGIONAL RANK* INCOME RANK** GLOBAL RANK
Constraints on Government Powers 26/30 29/37 93/113
Absence of Corruption 26/30 34/37 93/113
Open Government 13/30 17/37 54/113
Fundamental Rights 18/30 17/37 56/113
Order and Security 24/30 32/37 95/113
Regulatory Enforcement 28/30 35/37 95/113
Civil Justice 22/30 32/37 85/113
Criminal Justice 21/30 31/37 94/113

Countries measured in the Latin American and Caribbean region: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana,

Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

**Upper-middle income countries: Albania, Argentina, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Georgia, Grenada, Guyana, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Macedonia, FYR, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela

Source: DT

Oct 20, 2016

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