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Global Index: Kingdom drops in peace rating

Global Index: Kingdom drops in peace rating

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Cambodia has fallen six places in this year’s Global Peace Index, coming in at No 111 out of 149 countries. Hill and Knowlton, a UK-based research firm that produced the rankings on behalf of the Institute for Economics and Peace, said in a statement released Tuesday that the drop was attributed to a “significant jump” in the homicide rate and in military expenditures. The index assigns each country a score of 1 to 5 – with 1 being the best – in 23 separate categories, including perceived criminality, access to weapons and number of ongoing conflicts. Cambodia was given a mean score of 2.252. By contrast, New Zealand topped the rankings for the second consecutive year with a score of 1.202. Alexander Breedon, a junior account executive with Hill and Knowlton, said the homicide score was “based on a homicide rate per 100,000 people”. “In 2009, Cambodia received the best possible score of 1. In 2010, Cambodia scored a 4,” he said. Cambodia fared better overall than Myanmar and Thailand, but worse than Vietnam and Laos.


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