Where does Canada rank in terms of the Rule of Law, Civil Liberties, Diversity and other indices?

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Where does Canada rank in terms of the Rule of Law, Civil Liberties, Diversity and other indices?

The World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2020: Covering 128 countries and jurisdictions, the Index relies on national surveys of more than 130,000 households and 4,000 legal practitioners and experts to measure how the rule of law is experienced and perceived worldwide. 

More countries declined than improved in overall rule of law performance for a third year in a row, continuing a negative slide toward weakening and stagnating rule of law around the world. The majority of countries showing deteriorating rule of law in the 2020 Index also declined in the previous year, demonstrating a persistent downward trend. This was particularly pronounced in the Index factor measuring Constraints on Government Powers.

The declines were widespread and seen in all corners of the world. In every region, a majority of countries slipped backward or remained unchanged in their overall rule of law performance since the 2019 WJP Rule of Law Index.”

Denmark, Norway, and Finland were the top three in the WJP Rule of Law Index rankings in 2020. Canada ranked 9th, unchanged from 2019. Venezuela, Cambodia, and DR Congo had the lowest overall rule of law scores — the same as in 2019. Not surprisingly, the USA fell out of the top 20.

Countries with the strongest improvement in rule of law were Ethiopia (5.6% increase in score, driven primarily by gains in Constraints on Government Powers and Fundamental Rights) and Malaysia (5.1%, driven primarily by gains in Constraints on Government Powers, Fundamental Rights, and Regulatory Enforcement). 

The most downward movement in the rule of law was seen in Cameroon (-4.4%, driven primarily by falling scores in Order and Security and Fundamental Rights) and Iran (-4.2%, driven primarily by falling scores in Criminal Justice). 

The Civil Liberties Index as of 2020 lists the top five countries as: Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, and Netherlands. Canada was 6th.

When looking at Political Rights, Canada is the top country in the world! The top five counties list also includes Uruguay, Australia, Japan, and New Zealand. Interestingly, the USA ranked 66th, below Trinidad and Tobago and just ahead of South Korea.

Wikipedia lists countries by Ethic and Cultural Diversity (as opposed to genetic diversity). Here the top five countries are: Tanzania, DR Congo, Uganda, Liberia and Cameroon. In this ranking, Canada comes in at 59th just below Malaysia and the USA came in at 84th, below Guatemala.

In terms of racism, Businesstech, in 2016, ranked the most racist countries are: India, Lebanon, Bahrain, Libya, and Egypt. The report listed the 25 most racist countries and Canada was not included in that ranking and neither was the USA. South Korea was 10th and Japan was 25th.