Antigua and Barbuda gets high world ranking for Rule of Law


The World Justice Project, headquartered in the US Capital, Washington, has ranked Antigua and Barbuda at number 3 in the Caribbean in relation to upholding the Rule of Law.  Only Barbados and St Kitts Nevis surpass Antigua and Barbuda.

The World Justice Project released its annual report for 2019 this morning in Washington.

In the entire Latin American and Caribbean region, Antigua and Barbuda is rated in 6th position, ahead of countries such as Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Argentina.

Measuring the Rule of Law in 126 countries, Antigua and Barbuda emerges at 33, ahead of the United States of America at 50, Brazil at 58, Peru at 70, Colombia at 80 and Mexico at 90.

The five leading nations in the world are Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands.

The World Justice Project stated that its assessment of adherence to the Rule of Law in 126 countries was based on eight factors.  These are identified as: constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice.

In welcoming the Report, Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, noted that Antigua and Barbuda has risen in the rankings.

The Ambassador said:  “This significant ranking at number 3 in the Caribbean, number 6 of 43 Latin American and Caribbean countries and 33rd in the world, ahead of countries much larger and richer than Antigua and Barbuda, reflects the strong position that the Government of Prime Minister Gaston Browne has taken on accountability, upholding human, civil and political rights and on order and security”.   He added that the law enforcement agencies, including the Police, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) also deserve credit for their implementation of government policy in a transparent manner.

According to Ambassador Sanders, “Antigua and Barbuda’s significant ranking at number 6 in all of Latin America and the Caribbean also reaffirms the attractiveness of Antigua and Barbuda for investment and for tourism”.

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  1. Is this some cruel joke? Is the ambassador filling out these questionnaires and misrepresentation our fair island.
    A police just got charged for murder and we got more on remand for violent rape and sexual assault.

    Only poor picky head people get prosecuted for crimes in Antigua. If you are an MP or connected to one your charges will be dismissed for lack of prosecution I.e the police files go missing

    ALP beta stop mark dem own exam papers and fudge the data just like they do with the ECLAC reports.

  2. WHOA!!! REALLY!??
    Am I reading, seeing and hearing right!!???.
    It’s Anguilla they mean! Cant be here!!!
    Where dem get dem info fram?

  3. So this comes out before or after the policeman get charged for murder. Lmao what a joke. Time for the police force to get purged.

    • Antigua is the only nation which has bad eggs in the police force? You live in a bubble? We probably get a higher rating since clearly we have shown that simply because you wear a uniform does not grant you immunity from prosecution, like it seems in some so called developed countries. We have a UK police officer now on trail for rape. Newspapers in the UK point to cases of police misconduct: Police youth liaison officer charged with raping child over 10 years Feb 2018, Police officers sacked for lying about arrest where man’s neck was broken Oct 2018, Greater Manchester Police officer arrested over sexual abuse claim Oct 2018, Met Police officer stole blank cheques from dead man and paid Sept 2018, Two police officers jailed following cocaine-fuelled affair June 2018.. The Uk is ranged at 12 in this index

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