For the second consecutive year, the United Arab Emirates took top place in the Middle east and North Africa for the World Justice Project's Rule of Law Index.. The UAE has achieved 0.67 (min 0, max 1), while Denmark came first in the global ranking with 0.87.
The UAE succeeded in acquiring the top position on the list thanks to its prestigious record in the competitiveness indices, most importantly adherence to the order and security factor, by which crime is effectively controlled, civil conflict, is effectively limited and people do not resort to violence to redress personal grievances. In this category, the UAE scored 0.91, followed by absence of governmental corruption 0.82, and effective criminal justice 0.77. The Index’ factor 8 evaluates the Criminal Justice system, which measures the correctional system’s effectiveness in reducing criminal behavior. Other factors include constraints on government powers; regulatory enforcement; open government; civil justice; and fundamental rights.
The report shows that the UAE has attained significant results towards its vision of distinguished police performance. Based on the answers drawn from household and expert respondents, police officers respect due process and fundamental rights of suspects. According to the report, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea share the same vision with the UAE in this regard.
Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, expressed his confidence in the UAE police bodies’ ability in achieving additional positive results on all global competitiveness indices. "These achievements are possible thanks to the accumulated expertise and skills of the UAE people, and the sound planning under the leadership of Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and his ongoing commitment to keep the police institution at the forefront of the most effective and efficient institutions internationally.
For his part, Abdullah Nasser Lootah, Secretary General of the Emirates Competitiveness Council (ECC), noted that the annual results of the International Justice Project‘s report are a new addition to the landmark achievements made by the UAE and will further reinforce its good reputation locally, regionally and internationally. The Index’s results also strengthen the UAE's status as a leading trade, finance, investment and tourism hub, thanks to the UAE’s distinguished record in rule of law, justice, safety, and security and other unique features.
It is worth mentioning that the World Justice Project (WJP) is an independent, non-profit, international multidisciplinary organization, which periodically releases the annual "Rule of Law Index". The Index provides original, impartial data to measure how the rule of law is experienced in practical, everyday situations by ordinary people around the world. Performance is assessed using several indicators across eight categories, each of which is scored and ranked globally against regional and income peers. –End-
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