Afghanistan 2nd worst country in rule of law
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan has been ranked the second-worst country in rule of law after Zimbabwe in a list of 102 countries in the rule of law index released by the US-based World Justice Project (WJP).
The index, fifth in the series, provides data on how the rule of law is experienced in 102 countries around the globe.
The index has been topped by Denmark followed by Norway, Sweden and Finland at second, third and fourth place respectively. All the four countries have score above 0.85.
Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Venezuela are placed at bottom of the index with 100, 101 and 102 rank respectively. All these countries have score of less than 0.37.
The survey is based on 44 indicators under eight categories which are: constraints on government power; absence of corruption; open government; fundamental rights; order and security; regulatory enforcement; civil justice; criminal justice and informal justice.
In corruption category, Afghanistan has been ranked 102, the worst country in the 2015 index.
The judicial sector of Afghanistan is shown as the second-worst sector, ranked 101 followed by criminal justice which is ranked 100 in the list.
Pakistan remained on 98th position in the list.
Mohammad Hassan Haqyar, a political analyst, told Pajhwok Afghan News the government had never paid heed to the rule of law.
He said government officials had never allowed the rule of law to flourish and powerful individuals had never respected the law of the land.
“If a government official criticised government, it is against the law,” Haqyar said, referring to Ata Mohammad Noor, the Balkh acting governor, who had called the central government as symbolic.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.