East Asia scores well when it comes to keeping a lid on crime, but it still has work to do on other key factors that constitute the rule of law, a study published Wednesday suggests.
Chinese paramilitary police march in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, in November 2012. China's "relatively effective" criminal justice system is compromised by political meddling and due-process violations, according to the Rule of Law Index. It says China's strict limits on freedom of speech and assembly put it near the bottom of the Index for fundamental rights.
The non-profit World Justice Project's third annual Rule of Law Index takes stock of the development of the core legal concept in 97 countries and jurisdictions, based on interviews with 97,000 citizens and 2,500 experts.
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