WASHINGTON - SINGAPORE is ranked second in providing security to its citizens, according to an annual survey of the rule of law around the world released on Monday.
The public administration of the country is also effective and corruption is minimal (ranked third), and the criminal justice system is among the most effective in the world (ranked fifth).
Notwithstanding the country's outstanding performance in most categories, there are substantial limitations on freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, with Singapore in 50th and 61st place, respectively, out of all 66 countries.
Sweden and Norway scored highest on the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index, which ranks countries on such key areas as whether the government is held accountable, there is access to justice, rights are protected and crime and corruption is prevented.
The survey also found weak protections for fundamental rights in China, 'serious deficiencies' in Russia, and problems with discrimination in the United States.
'Achieving the rule of law is a constant challenge and a work in progress in all countries,' said Hongsia Liu, the executive director of the project, which was funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.