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Sri Lanka Makes Big Jump In Peace Index

Sri Lanka has seen a big improvement in the global peace index for 2017 going up 17 places to number 80.
The 2017 global peace index has rated Iceland as the most peaceful country in the world.
The index notes that ongoing consolidation of power undertaken by Sri Lanka’s government led by the President, Maithripala Sirisena, has allowed it to undertake structural political reforms for improved governance, which are reflected in improved performance in the indicators measuring political instability, likelihood of violent demonstrations and political terror.
Sri Lanka saw its score improve by 0.116 points which propelled it 17 places to 80th—the largest jump in the rankings this year. Sri Lanka benefited primarily from improvements in the Societal Safety and Security as well as Militarisation domains.
In particular, financial contributions to UN peacekeeping missions improved sharply, and there were also visible gains in reducing political terror, likelihood of violent demonstrations, and to a lesser extent, political instability and the impact of terrorism.
Much of this is due to a strengthening of political stability following the end of a decades-long civil war in 2009 and efforts by the ruling coalition composed of the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to address long-standing concerns among the electorate about the political and human rights landscape.
Nevertheless, ethnic  tensions between the Tamil minority and the Sinhalese majority remain latent, and could hinder attempts to achieve national reconciliation. On the downside, the number of homicides per 100,000 people rose modestly although it is still at a relatively low level, while the number of armed services personnel per 100,000 people has risen sharply to one of the highest levels in the world.
In South Asia, Bhutan has been identified as the most peaceful country, followed by Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Bhutan ranks 13th, Sri Lanka 80th, India 137th, Pakistan 152nd and Afghanistan 162nd.

6 Comments for “Sri Lanka Makes Big Jump In Peace Index”

  1. Malin

    Peace back in Sri Lanka not because of anything but MR regime conclusively annihilated the LTTE terrorists in 2009.

  2. Sangaralingham

    Being a Buddhist country SriLsnka must be on the top 10 not so far behind. Are we surprised monks running from courts Muslims attacked army killing minorities does major havoc in north east. Are we not ashamed of our recent past. Is it a killing field over 40 years . Not ashamed of it. Face it we must improve. Parliament provincial council forget car remuneration work for peace. Society will be happy. Country will prosper. Return of departed individuals chances slim. Most are settled children established.

  3. gamarala

    If there is peace, why is the army occupying the north ?
    Why not the south, where there are anti Muslim arson attacks and robberies?
    How is that the police are able to nab 600 persons evading the law, in a special operation, but not Gnanasara Thero?

  4. Leonard

    Sri Lanka Peacefully falling in to pieces. Could be the new slogan to replace now defunct “Wonder of Asia”.

  5. something wrong some where srilanka world famerst communal country ,mr Rajapaska government killed srilanka tamil one hunred thousand with the help of indian prime minister mr manmosingh ,he was ms Sonia lap pap .journalist was killed about fifty person .mr Rajapaska is not educated even his famil, his policy is communal sin gala Buddhist contry, recent visit indian prime minister mrModi worn mr Rajapaska and his brother and foreign minister mr G,L peries, communal policy ,prime minister not fit for politics he won seat agreement with the preident me srisena it was brain behind was ms chandraka former president in future prime minister not going to win election, he is a supporter of monk Gnasnathero,

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