There is no shortage of countries across the globe who very clearly do not value human rights or are fundamentally unable to ensure them, from the Rohingya crisis in Burma, to Duterte’s war on drugs in the Philippines, to the millions of displaced refugees in Syria, to even the United States, who is still holding prisoners in Guantanamo Bay without trial and who is separating families at border checkpoints. Thankfully, there are plenty of countries who make human rights an important aspect (or better yet, the whole raison d’etre) of their legal systems and government. Things like universal health care, fair and indiscriminate legal systems, a strong social safety net, and participation in global peacekeeping efforts makes countries more human-rights friendly. According to a study, these are the top ten countries ranked by their adherence to and enforcement of human rights:

  1. Sweden
  2. Canada
  3. Norway
  4. Denmark
  5. Netherlands
  6. Finland
  7. Switzerland
  8. Australia
  9. New Zealand
  10. Austria