Czech Republic One Of World’s Most Peaceful Countries

Armenia is ranked 112th in the Global Peace Index, according to the research published by the Institute for Economics and Peace on June 1 which analyzes the situation of 163 countries where 99.7% of the population of the planet lives, reports TASS.

But the study also finds that despite perceptions the world is becoming a more peaceful place.

Levels of peace around the world have improved slightly for the first time since the Syrian war began, but harmony has decreased in the USA and terrorism records have increased, a Sydney-based think-tank has found. The major reasons for the increase of peacefulness is a reduction of state-sponsored violence, including torture and executions without a trial, as well as a decline in the murder rate. On the other hand, Europe is still the most peaceful region in the world despite rising terrorism levels.

Deaths from terrorism have risen more than 900% since 2007 in the 35 countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Researchers found that 60% of countries now have a higher rate of terrorism than they did 10 years ago.

It does not include the Manchester bombing last week, in which 22 people were killed in the worst terrorist atrocity in Britain since the July 7 attacks in London in 2005. Before the outbreak of civil war there, it was the 65th least peaceful.

Killelea said: “The increasing role of populist parties in mainstream European politics is reflected against a backdrop of deteriorating positive peace, specifically in terms of persistent challenges to the free flow of information, levels of corruption and acceptance of the rights of others”.

Every European country with the exception of Greece (ranked 73rd) appears in the two top echelons of peaceful countries-‘high” and “very high’- while Canada is ranked eighth. Its fall has been the starkest of the past decade. This year for already 9th times Iceland is leading as the most peaceful country in the world.

Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen follow Syria as the most violent countries in the world. “While most countries in the region improved their scores in all three domains, this did not indicate significant progress in the resolution of ongoing conflicts”, the report says.

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