Human Rights

13.09.2023 news Nigeria Ranked 21st Worst Country for Human Rights, Rule of Law

Published 13th Sep, 2023

By Tola Owoyele

Nigeria has been ranked 21st among countries with the worst record for human rights and rule of law violations in the world.

This claim is according to a report made by theglobaleconomy.com, a US-based online platform that offers up-to-date data on indicators like the economy, employment, and respect for citizens’ rights and prevailing laws of countries all over the world.

In the same report, Yemen was ranked as the country with the highest disregard for human rights and rule of law in the world.

The middle eastern country was closely followed by Iran and China as the second and third countries with the worst record on the list respectively.

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Human rights and rule of law index
Human rights and rule of law index
Human rights and rule of law index

Countries that made the report’s top 10 list were Egypt, Central African Republic, Syria, Congo DR, North Korea, Burma and Sudan.

The report also captured countries like Eritrea, Russia, Burundi, Libya, Somalia, Venezuela, Ethiopia, Bahrain, Tajikistan and Afghanistan as making the report’s top 20 in that order.

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Nigeria was in the 21st position, a step ahead of Saudi Arabia. The United States of America and the United Kingdom were 112th and 148th respectively on the list.

Factors such as the respective governments’ tendency to obey the rules and laws guiding their countries, identifying and respecting individuals’ and groups’ basic rights, and recognising and tolerating exclusionary ideologies were considered while making the report.

The report was collated based on available data obtained from each country from 2007 to 2022.

The top five countries with the least violation of human rights and the rule of law on the list are Norway, Finland, Iceland, Austria and Switzerland.

Published 13th Sep, 2023

By Tola Owoyele


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