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Kazakhstan is among the countries where no respect to law


On November 28th, the World Justice Project released its Rule of Law Index 2012-2013 report covering 97 countries and jurisdictions, representing over 90 percent of the world’s population.


The WJP Rule of Law Index® is an assessment tool that offers a comprehensive picture of adherence to the rule of law. The 2012-2013 report is the third in an annual series and includes, for the first time, a total of 97 countries and jurisdictions.


In the Index Kazakhstan is recognized as a country where no respect to law and is situated on the 74th place out of 97.


Kazakhstan faces serious challenges in terms of accountability and constraints of the executive branch (ranking eighty-ninth) due to political interference in the legislature, the judiciary, and the electoral process. Another area of concern is open government, on which Kazakhstan ranks second to last among upper-middle income countries. The civil courts are relatively efficient, but subject to undue influence. On the other hand, the country is relatively safe from crime and violence (ranking forty-sixth overall and eleventh its income peers), said the Report.  


The Index and its findings have been referenced in major global media, including The Economist, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and El País; stimulated discussions and actions on the rule of law in countries around the world; and been cited by heads of state and chief justices, as supporting evidence of the need to advance rule of law reforms in their countries.


The report is a product of five years of intensive development, testing, and vetting – including interviewing 97,000 members of the general public and more than 2,500 experts in the following 97 countries.


The World Justice Project®, an independent, non-profit organization, develops communities of opportunity and equity by advancing the rule of law worldwide.


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The Index could be downloaded here: http://worldjusticeproject.org/sites/default/files/WJP_Index_Report_2012.pdf

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