Rwanda among safest countries globally: report

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Rwanda has been ranked among the safest countries in the world that provide conducive atmosphere to people who walk alone at night, according to the Gallup Global Law and Order 2015 Report.

Gallup's Law and Order Index is a worldwide measure that gauges people's sense of personal security in their neighbourhoods and their personal experiences with crime and law enforcement.

The report released on Friday named Rwanda among few countries globally that have tightened safety and security of citizens hence enabling people to freely walk alone at night.

According to the survey Singapore, topped the international poll with an overall Law and Order Index of 91, ahead of Hong Kong, Norway, Spain and Rwanda in that order. Rwanda scored 85 percent in the global ranking.

Venezuela scored 22 percent and came last in the ranking making the country insecure for people who walk alone at night.

The higher the index score, the higher the proportion of residents in a country who feel safe.

Rwanda Internal Security Minister, Musa Fazil Harerimana says that the country is secure and safe for everybody, both citizens and non citizens.

"The safety and tranquillity in our country speak for themselves. Either at night or during the day, anytime, anywhere in Rwanda, there is maximum security for people," he noted.

The report is based on more than 142,000 interviews with adults in 141 countries in 2014. For one of the measurements, respondents were asked: "Do you feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where you live?"

The Gallup's Global State of Mind 2012 report ranked Rwanda the safest country to live in Africa.

The small central African country topped the list of countries where citizens are most likely to feel safe, at 92 percent, followed by Niger, at 84 percent.

Rwanda has been on several occasions ranked among developing countries in the world that are dynamic performers when it comes to social and economic growth.

Rwanda is the fifth largest contributor of peacekeepers worldwide.

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