Top 10 Most Lawless Countries in the World

Law means any order, decree, decision or set of rules that are decided & enforced by the ruling authority. In layman terms, it is doctrine that is created to help the community live a comfortable and secure life.

Crime: a dangerous leech that originates to become a host on the secure lives of the community and harm them. Well law is the anti-crime drug that people depend upon for their protection.

Out of 196 (approx.) countries in the world, there are many which are surviving in the total absence of law and order. We call them the lawless countries where common man is facing a difficulty every minute and hour of his life due to illegitimate control by people who have their own selfish motives. Following is the list of such 10 countries which hold the place of on top in such terms.

Top 10 Most Lawless Countries in the world are:

10. North Korea

  • Continent: Asia
  • Independence: March 1, 1919
  • Population: 24,554,000
  • Area: 120,540 km2
  • Currency: North Korean Won (KPW)
  • HDI (Human Development Index): Not rated
  • Major lawless factor: Complete military control

Also called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or DPRK, this country lies 10th on the list when it comes to crimes and instability in the country. Totalitarian rule is the heart and soul of this country which says that the political authority would have absolute and centralized control. Completely different from its sister i.e. South Korea, this country has been ranked as one of the most militarized countries in the world. The whole country is under the military control which also has brought it to last on the list of democracy index which calculates how much democracy is there in the countries in this world. With the laymen living under constant observation and no freedom, this country has also been ranked in one of the lowest in the human rights index which calculates how much a normal human being is given the rights of freedom. In this country, human rights are completely out of question. Foreigners are not easily allowed aboard here and if they are, incessant observation is kept on them. Also, citizens are not allowed to leave the country as it is considered to be treason and inhuman punishments are imposed on innocents. Public executions, degrading treatment, forced labour and especially trafficking of women is just of the few words that can be used to describe the daily life of a resident of North Korea.

9. Burundi:


  • Continent: Africa
  • Independence: 1 July 1962
  • Population: 8,749,000
  • Area: 27,834 km2 
  • Currency: Burundian franc (FBu)
  • HDI (Human Development Index): 166
  • Major lawless factor: Poverty


Also called the Republic of Burundi, this landlocked country is one of the poorest countries in the world. With the lowest per capita GDP in the world, this country is constantly struggling with poverty and extreme hunger. Just like one of the war torn countries of Africa, this country is trying to build itself up from the inception. The deterioration of Burundi is because of the corruption and the poor governance spread all over the already wobbly economy of this country. People are constantly fighting for the basic necessities like food, clothes and shelter. Tribal wars, everyday increasing transmittable diseases like HIV/AIDS have consumed many a lives and no proper medication is available to help the poor souls surviving everyday of hell.

8. Sudan:


  • Continent: Africa
  • Independence: 1 January 1956
  • Population: 30,894,000
  • Area: 1,886,068 km2
  • Currency: Sudanese pound (SDG)
  • HDI (Human Development Index): 169
  • Major lawless factor: Mass killings

Also called the Republic of Sudan, it is the largest country in the continent. The main cause of conflict in this nation has been the war of Darfur. Darfur is a region in western Sudan where a devastating civil war has led to the worst humanitarian crisis of 21st century. This tribal war can be blamed on both the government and the rebels because of whom hundreds of thousands of citizens have displaced till now. These rebels have worsened the already bad conditions of Sudan. Some of the many cruelties caused to innocents include stealing, rapes, mass killings, bombings & attacks on villages which led to death count up to 400,000.

7. Haiti:


  • Continent: North America
  • Independence: 1 January 1804
  • Population: 9,719,932
  • Area: 27,750 km2
  • Currency: Gourde (HTG)
  • HDI: 145
  • Major lawless factor: Corruption & Poverty


Officially known as the Republic of Haiti, this country is a land of earthquakes one of which completely devastated its capital leading to a death of around 220,000 residents. This country suffers from not only corruption but a high level of poverty as well. As per ICRC (International Red Cross) which is responsible for protection of victims of international and internal armed conflicts, has stated that 7 out of every 10 people in Haiti live on less than $2 a day. It is considered to be the poorest country in Western Hemisphere. Some other problems that adorn Haiti’s already deteriorating conditions are illegal drug trade and long extended history of political oppression. It became quite significant in drug trafficking in 1985 globally. The authorities that are supposed to be the saviours of its economy which are police, intelligence as well as Haitian military are the leading sources involved in the illegal drug trade of Haiti. It is said that Haitians suffer from some of the most depressing and debilitating miseries of any people in the world. The largest slum of Haiti is considered to be the most dangerous place on Earth.

6. Pakistan:



  • Continent: Asia
  • Independence: 14 August 1947
  • Population: 180,440,005
  • Area: 796,095 km2
  • Currency: Pakistani Rupee (Rs.) (PKR)
  • HDI: 145
  • Major lawless factor: Terrorism

Also known as Islamic Republic of Pakistan, this country has a long complex history of suffering that it has caused to many other countries in the world. Few of the famous quotes used to describe this country are: “haven of terrorists” & “most active sponsor of terrorism”. It is ranked at the seventh number in the list of largest armed forces in the world. Pakistan’s whole history as well as the present can be characterised as politically unstable and the major factors of deterioration of this country are corruption, illiteracy, poverty and of course terrorism. It as also been ranked on the top for cultural/tribal/religious brutality which includes acid attacks, female genital mutilation, child marriage, forced marriage, punishment by stoning or physical mutilation and female feticide.


5. Iraq:


  • Continent: Asia
  • Independence: 14 July 1958
  • Population: 31,129,225
  • Area: 438,317 km2
  • Currency: Iraqi dinar (IQD)
  • Major lawless factor: Corruption


Officially known as the Republic of Iraq, this is another country that fills in one of the rank in the top 10 in the Corruption Perception Index which surveys the perceived corruption in the countries across the globe. It’s called the seventh most politically unstable country in the world. Under the control of Saddam Hussein from 1979 to 2003, Iraq went through a time of hell. Mass killings, sectarian wars, brutality, political invasions in order to gain power, and inhuman punishments were the common sightings in this nation. Due to insurgency, innocents have been suffering from what seems to be an eternity now.

4. Colombia:


  • Continent: South America
  • Independence: 7 August 1819
  • Population: 46,366,364
  • Area: 1,141,748 km2
  • Currency: Peso (COP)
  • HDI: 87
  • Major lawless factor: Drugs Consumption


Also known as the Republic of Colombia, it stands on top 4 in the list of most lawless countries. It is called the “Drug Capital” of the world contributing to 75% of the world’s supply. The major reason of instability and lawlessness in this country is the on-going Colombian civil war since 1964. Its between three main parties which include Colombian government, guerrillas and paramilitary forces. All have been giving explanation of their own for fighting. Guerrillas claim that they are fighting to protect the citizens from government cruelty. Government claims to be fighting to protect the rights of humans and bring stability in the nation. Paramilitary forces claim to protect the citizens from guerrillas. This war has killed more than 250,000 innocents and has displaced millions. Drug trafficking and terrorism are just the add-ons. As of 2011, it’s the world’s largest cocaine producer.

3. Democratic Republic of Congo: 

  • Continent: Africa
  • Independence: 30 June 1960
  • Population: 71,712,867
  • Area: 2,345,409 km2
  • Currency: Congolese franc (CDF)
  • HDI: 187
  • Major lawless factor: Sexual Violence


Also known as DR Congo, Congo-Kinshasa or the DRC, it is the 2nd largest country in Africa by area and 11th largest in the world. The main reasons that this country holds up the 3rd position in the most lawless countries in the world is the Second Congo War which is often described as African World War. It killed approx. 5.4 million people which make it the 2nd deadliest war after World War 2. Another reason is the extreme sexual violence that plagues this country. It’s considered one of the most unstable country for women due to rape cases that counts up to 1152 every day. Due to this reason, it’s also called the rape capital of the world.

2. Somalia:

  • Continent: Africa
  • Independence: 1 July 1960
  • Population: 10,085,638
  • Area: 637,657 km2
  • Currency: Somali shilling (SOS)
  • HDI: Not Ranked
  • Major lawless factor: Violence & Poverty


Also known as Federal Republic of Somalia, is situates on the horn of Africa map. This country can be described as most violent, one of the poorest and a living hell for women. Murder, rapes & kidnappings are mere sightings in this country. According to latest census, there has been 95% genital mutilation between ages of 4 to 11. The latest drought and famine in Somalia has led to killing of approx. 700,000 people till now, which has made it the worst humanitarian crisis in the world where a child is dying every 6 minutes. The situation is becoming worse every day with 250,000 people estimated to die due to starvation.



  • Continent: Asia
  • Independence: August 19, 1919
  • Population: 30,419,928
  • Area: 647,500 km2
  • Currency: Afghani (AFN)
  • HDI: 172
  • Major lawless factor: Poverty & Cruelty


Also known as Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, it’s considered as the most dangerous country in the world. Being the largest creator of asylum seekers and refugees, it’s known to be on top in sectors like deterioration in health rate, economic discrimination, non-sexual violence & illiteracy. Statistically, 87% of population is illiterate. The main reason for instability and chaos in this country is the existence of militant movements like Taliban who have caused insurgency to be the ruling power in Afghanistan. There newly defined rules are the major causes in making innocents’ daily life hell. Taliban rule in Afghanistan has led to hundreds of assassinations and suicide attacks. It’s the least developed country in the world and world’s poorest due to never ending wars and practically no foreign investments. It’s known for gruesome public killings of women accused of adultery.


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