Rabat- The World Justice Project revealed its annual report on the Rule of Law. The 2014 report assesses 99 countries’ performances in different domains of justice. Morocco ranks 52nd overall in the organization’s Rule of Law index for 2014.
The regional assessment of the index showcases a quite positive image of Morocco saying, “Morocco showed the most improvement in the region in the past year.”
Morocco ranked 52nd globally and 5th among income peer countries and the MENA region. The MENA region’s ranking is topped by the UAE (27th), followed by Jordan (38th), Tunisia (41st) and Lebanon (49th). Egypt ranked 74th and Iran in the 82nd place.”
The World of Justice Project report added, “Despite the progress achieved by Morocco, substantial challenges remain in the dimensions of protection of fundamental rights (ranking 84th and 19th among income peers) and control of corruption (ranking 62nd).”
“The civil justice system ranks 51st overall and the criminal justice system 81st, mainly due to due process violations, harsh conditions at correctional facilities, and political interference,” the report notes.
However, there are significant achievements of the country in other areas of justice, according to the same report.
For instance, Morocco’s remarkable efforts are clearly seen at the level of “ongoing reforms in the areas of open government security (ranking 44th overall and 8th among income peers) and regulatory enforcement (ranking 36th globally and 3rd among income peers). Morocco also outperforms most lower-middle income countries in the area of constraints on government powers (ranking 46th overall and 6th among income peers).”
Edited by Zahra El Alami
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