El Salvador

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#51
2

Summary

El Salvador ranked 51st in 2018’s Peoples under Threat index and rose two places from 2017’s ranking. El Salvador is a new entrant to the index at number 53. Because Peoples under Threat is specifically designed to measure the threat of genocide or mass political killing, the indicators are slow to pick up the risk… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2018 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflictsNo data
Major armed conflict2
Prior genocide / politicide1
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.0172
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance6.7
Rise of factionalized elites4.3
Voice and Accountability0.278
Political Stability-0.06
Rule of Law-0.707
OECD country risk classification5
TOTAL10.119

The overall measure for each country is based on a basket of 10 indicators. The number in each row is drawn from the source for that particular indicator. The sources of data and calculations used are detailed on the Notes to Table page. 

Background

El Salvador ranked 51st in 2018’s Peoples under Threat index and rose two places from 2017’s ranking.

El Salvador is a new entrant to the index at number 53. Because Peoples under Threat is specifically designed to measure the threat of genocide or mass political killing, the indicators are slow to pick up the risk of violence from crime, even if it is extensive. But in the case of Mexico – which remains just outside the 70 states listed in the index – and El Salvador in particular, criminal violence has reached an unprecedented intensity. El Salvador suffered 6,000 murders last year, giving it the highest murder rate in the world. Although much of the violence is clearly drug and gang related, evidence of official complicity in the killing is now growing in both Mexico and El Salvador.