Wednesday, April 29, 2020

What Countries Care Most About Human Rights?

Perhaps it's a case of rankings overkill, but US News and World Report now ranks the Best Countries, in addition to the Best Colleges and pretty much anything else they can think to rank.  One of the components of this US News ranking is a Citizenship sub-ranking, which includes grades for caring about human rights, caring about the environment, providing gender equality, being seen as progressive, being seen as offering religious freedom, respecting property rights, being trustworthy and having well-distributed political power.

So how did countries rank in terms of Caring about Human Rights?  You won't be surprised to learn that the top 5 were the Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, Denmark, and Finland.   The U.S. ranked 18th.  The United Arab Emirates finished last among the 73 countries assessed for being seen to care about human rights.

Universities spend lots of money and time trying to inch up in the US News rankings.  Is it conceivable that the U.S. would embark on a campaign to raise its US News Human Rights Ranking?  What would it take?

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