Rule of Law in Mexico, without substantive progress: WJP

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The fifth edition of the Rule of Law Index in Mexico shows the lack of substantive progress in terms of the Rule of Law in most of the country’s entities.

The fifth edition of the Rule of Law Index in Mexico (IEDMX) shows the lack of substantive progress in terms of the Rule of Law in most of the country’s entities.

In the 2022 world ranking of the World Justice Project, Mexico obtained a score of 0.42, placing it in 115th place out of 140 countries, while the best evaluated, Denmark and Norway, have scores of 0.90 and 0.89 respectively.

There is a huge gap for the issue of the Rule of Law, to reach a strengthened Rule of Law (…) It has many pending and we are not well, “said Eréndira González Portillo, coordinator in Mexico of the WJP.

One of the challenges, she points out, is the issue of security, since Mexico in general has high rates of intentional homicide, however, it contrasts with the perception of the people.

The overall average score for the 32 states is 0.42, on a scale of zero to one, with one signifying strong and efficient enforcement.

Compared to last year, the scores showed marginal changes, increasing in 19 states, decreasing in three, and remaining unchanged in 10.

The results indicate that progress in terms of the rule of law is scarce.

All states remain below half of the ideal score and have challenges in achieving a strong rule of law, especially in terms of security and criminal justice.

In this fifth edition of the Rule of Law Index in Mexico, the three states with the best scores are:

Queretaro (0.49)

Guanajuato (0.48)

Aguascalientes (0.47)

In contrast, Guerrero, Mexico City and Quintana Roo occupy the last positions with the same score (0.36).

In this edition, they observed that there are 6 states in the country that stand out for their continuous improvements since our first edition of the Rule of Law Index in Mexico, in 2018, and they are:

Queretaro

Guanajuato

Sinaloa

Baja California Sur

Tamaulipas

Sonora

Civic spaces, corruption and security

For the third consecutive edition of the IEDMX, the contraction of civic space continues, marked by setbacks in freedom of expression and greater limits to the work of civil society organizations.

As in previous years, this edition of the Index shows a tendency to stagnate in the absence of corruption, which fell in seven states, remained at the same low levels in 10, and had marginal increases in 15.

On the other hand, the safety indicators stabilized in this fifth edition. The perception of security improved in 22 states, although the figures for homicides and the incidence and prevalence of crimes remain at worrying levels.

 Source: El Economista