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Fundamental Rights are the backbone of democratic societies. To ensure the success of democracy, it is imperative for governments to protect fundamental human rights. Some universally recognized rights which are considered fundamental are the right to self determination, right to freedom of movement, right to freedom of thought, right to peaceful assembly and others. But, in some nations emphasis is given to the fundamental rights of people while in some others fundamental rights may not be that strong.

The World Justice Project regularly releases the Rule of the Law Index. The index measures how nations adhere to the rule of law. Some outcomes that are taken into consideration are how effectively is crime controlled, do people have access to courts etc. The Rule of Law Index is based on several indicators, and one of these is fundamental rights. Nations are ranked between 0 and 1. Countries with high scores have the strongest fundamental rights.

According to the 2016 Rule of Law Index, Denmark and Finland were top ranking nations on the Fundamental Rights indicator. The two nations had scores of 0.92. Other nations which had scores of more than 0.8 were Norway, Austria, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, and a few others.

Nations which had scores between 0.6 and 0.8 on the Fundamental Rights indicator were Spain, France, Japan, the United States, South Korea, Singapore, Ghana, among others. Countries with scores between 0.4 and 0.6 included Burkina Faso, Colombia, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Tanzania, Nigeria, and others.

Meanwhile, countries with the weakest Fundamental Rights and with scores of less than 0.4 were Cambodia, Pakistan, Turkey, China, Myanmar, Egypt, Iran, etc.

The table below provides information on the scores of each nation on the Fundamental Rights indicator.

Country Fundamental Rights Score
Denmark 0.92
Finland 0.92
Norway 0.89
Austria 0.88
Sweden 0.88
Netherlands 0.86
Germany 0.85
Belgium 0.84
Canada 0.82
New Zealand 0.82
Australia 0.81
Czech Republic 0.81
United Kingdom 0.81
Estonia 0.8
Uruguay 0.8
Barbados 0.79
Costa Rica 0.79
Portugal 0.79
Slovenia 0.77
Spain 0.77
Chile 0.75
France 0.75
Japan 0.75
United States 0.75
Antigua and Barbuda 0.74
Poland 0.74
St. Kitts and Nevis 0.74
Romania 0.73
St. Lucia 0.73
Italy 0.72
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 0.71
Republic of Korea 0.7
Argentina 0.69
Croatia 0.69
Singapore 0.69
Dominica 0.68
Georgia 0.68
Grenada 0.68
Bahamas 0.67
Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.65
Ghana 0.65
Greece 0.65
Bulgaria 0.64
Peru 0.64
Jamaica 0.63
Panama 0.63
South Africa 0.63
Ukraine 0.63
Hungary 0.62
Senegal 0.62
Brazil 0.61
Trinidad and Tobago 0.61
Albania 0.6
Dominican Republic 0.6
Mongolia 0.6
Malawi 0.58
Moldova 0.58
Serbia 0.58
El Salvador 0.57
Sierra Leone 0.57
Tunisia 0.57
Burkina Faso 0.56
Liberia 0.56
Colombia 0.55
Guatemala 0.55
Guyana 0.54
Kyrgyzstan 0.54
Macedonia 0.54
Vietnam 0.54
Nepal 0.53
Suriname 0.53
Indonesia 0.52
Sri Lanka 0.52
Belize 0.51
Botswana 0.51
Ecuador 0.51
Lebanon 0.51
Mexico 0.51
Bolivia 0.5
India 0.5
Jordan 0.5
Philippines 0.5
Madagascar 0.49
Belarus 0.48
Tanzania 0.48
Kenya 0.47
Thailand 0.47
Nigeria 0.46
United Arab Emirates 0.46
Cote d’Ivoire 0.45
Kazakhstan 0.45
Morocco 0.45
Nicaragua 0.45
Zambia 0.45
Honduras 0.44
Malaysia 0.44
Russia 0.44
Cameroon 0.43
Afghanistan 0.4
Cambodia 0.39
Pakistan 0.39
Uganda 0.39
Uzbekistan 0.36
Bangladesh 0.34
Turkey 0.34
Venezuela 0.33
China 0.32
Myanmar 0.3
Egypt 0.29
Ethiopia 0.29
Iran 0.29
Zimbabwe 0.28

Data sourced from World Justice Project

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