The Political Terror Scale is one of the 23 indicators of peace measured by the Global Peace Index. It is an 'internal' indicator of peace, meaning it measures peace within a country.
The Political Terror Scale is a qualitative assessment of the levels of political violence and terror that a country experiences in a given year. Political violence and terror in this sense refers to state-sanctioned killings, torture and imprisonment.
The Political Terror Scale is scored on a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being the least political terror and 5 the most.
In countries with low political terror, there is a secure rule of law, people are not summarily imprisoned and torture is exceptionally rare.
Countries that score 5 have widespread terror across the population, encompassing even those with little connection to politics. Leaders place no limits on their pursuit of personal or ideological goals.
The Political Terror Scale has been produced since the early 1980s, and is a qualitative assessment, analysed and compiled from data provided from Amnesty International and the US State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.
The Global Peace Index is comprised of 23 indicators that measure the existence or absence of violence or the fear of violence. These include:
Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict
Societal safety and security
Find out more about how the Global Peace Index is constructed, what it measures and what the results show in the Global Peace Index Report.Related Articles
The Global Peace Index measures the state of peace in 162 countries according to 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators of peace. Find out more about how the index is constructed, a description of the indicators and the scores.
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