Sri Lanka ranked 114th on the global peace index conducted by an Australian-based Institute for Economics and Peace which measured national peacefulness in 162 countries.
Bhutan ranked at 18th place, Nepal at 62, Bangladesh at 84, India at 143 and Pakistan ranked 154 with Afghanistan at 160. Iceland had retained its place as the most peaceful country in the world.
“The most peaceful countries are Iceland, Denmark and Austria. The countries that made the biggest improvements in peace over the past year, generally benefited from the ending of wars with neighbours and involvement in external conflict like Guinea-Bissau, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt and Benin,” the report said.
The institute released its Global Peace Index for 2015 recently, which ranks nations based on factors like the level of violent crime, involvement in conflicts and the degree of militarisation. The nations are given a score on that basis and the higher the score, the less peaceful a particular country is.
Sri Lanka had ranked at 114 with a score of 2.188. Sri Lanka scored 2.0 marks in Militarisation, 2.6 in Society and Security and 1.8 in Domestic and Internal Conflict sub categories out of total five in each.
The US ranked 94 scoring badly in terms of militarisation, homicides and fear of violence. China ranked 124.
Syria and Iraq where the Islamic State terror group has taken over large swathes of land are at the bottom of the table as the least peaceful countries, the Business Standard said.
Comments - 14
Sikuru Monday, 29 June 2015 02:36 PM
We could have been ahead if MR stopped militarization ,Religous violence by BBS, Rathupaswala incident, Thugs etc.
Satha Monday, 29 June 2015 02:36 PM
Most peaceful Country selection is entirely wrong,where they should select only among the countries with different religions,different languagewith minimum population least two million.Otherwise the ranking is full of lies.
Thanga Tuesday, 30 June 2015 07:43 AM
Mahinda Rajapaksa won the war, but lost the peace. He antagonized the Thamil IDPs leaving them to fend for themselves. Not a single house was built or repaired of any of the IDPs numbering 300,000. He miscalculated that he can buy votes by bribing the voters with their money. These days Mahinda Rajapaksa does not speak like a former head of state. He is indulging in rabble rousing trying to scare the voters that the LTTE is regrouping and LTTE flags are flying in Jaffna. It is very unbecoming even for an ordinary politician.
public Monday, 29 June 2015 02:55 PM
Who can trust kangaroo lists?
Hamza Monday, 29 June 2015 03:00 PM
I can not accept this ranking. When there is an internal ethnic issue underway in Nepal its ranked 62nd?? This is hilarious.
jayaweera Tuesday, 30 June 2015 09:33 AM
It is unfortunate that most of us Sinhalese do not differentiate between winning the war and establishing peace.MR won the war and lost the peace badly! If we truly practice Buddhism this would not have happened to our country. MR was only a Buddhist talker not an actor!
Sir Monday, 29 June 2015 04:32 PM
Master of Piece
BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 29 June 2015 05:24 PM
Nepalese do not go around torching, killing and maiming minorities. Nepalese state government is not involved in state criminality towards their minorities. In SL all of this takes place.
cheers Monday, 29 June 2015 01:21 PM
thank MR who was the master of peace (I mean who ensured the defeat of terror) and also see why we could not achieve this before 2009 that explains who was the architect who gave political leadership to our brave forces
karigalan Monday, 29 June 2015 01:33 PM
if we have changed him with one term we should have been below 100yes he finish the war and then started to loot....
Sikuru Monday, 29 June 2015 01:45 PM
yes should thank MR for this humiliation of not being able to pass 100 while even Nepal is ahead of us
puncha Monday, 29 June 2015 01:55 PM
Cheers to wrs Mr did a lot because of him we are living peace not in peaces.doubtfull whether this comment will be published by dm anyway kept trying
Sapu Monday, 29 June 2015 02:03 PM
You do understand that 114 is a pretty bad place? Even the US with its Gun culture is ahead
Sikuru Monday, 29 June 2015 02:27 PM
Everyone thank MR the "Master of Peace" for scoring below 100 while both Nepal and Bangladesh are ahead
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