Sri Lanka has been listed as one of the 13 countries at risk of increased terrorist activity by the 2014 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) as it exhibits traits that are otherwise seen in countries with high levels of terrorist activity.
The 2014 GTI that is published on 18 November 2014 by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) notes that traits including extrajudicial killings, lack of women’s political rights, lack of intergroup cohesion and political instability have been exhibited in the 13 countries that have been listed as those that are at substantial risk of increased terrorist activity from its current level.
According to the report, Sri Lanka is placed alongside the list of 13 states that includes Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivorie, Ethiopia, Iran, Israel, Mali, Mexico, Myanmar and Uganda.
The IEP has analyzed terrorist events and data that dates back to the 1970s while comparing it against socio-economic, political and conflict indicators including social hostilities between different ethnic, religious and linguistic groups, lack of intergroup cohesion and group grievances, measures of state repression such as extrajudicial killings, political terror and gross human rights abuses as well as other forms of violence such as violent crimes and violent demonstrations in order to asses the future risk of terrorism.
In the report, Sri Lanka has also been ranked at 36 in the Global Terrorism Index with a score of 4.01 placing it in the same rank as Mozambique.