Tajikistan has slipped twenty-four places in Global Terrorism Index, ranking at 50.

The 2019 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) ranks Tajikistan 50th among 163 countries.  Tajikistan with 3,947 scores is listed among the countries with very low level of terrorism threat.  

The report says Tajikistan deteriorated in score from 2017 to 2018 largely due to an attack in a prison in November of last year.  An ISIL-affiliated inmate attacked a guard, seizing his weapon, and the ensuing riot killed at least 27 and wounded five prisoners and guards.

This was one of two events for which ISIL claimed responsibility last year, the other being a vehicle attack in July that killed four international tourists.

The annual Global Terrorism Index is developed by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) and provides the most comprehensive resource on global terrorist trends.

This is the seventh edition of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).  The report provides a comprehensive summary of the key global trends and patterns in terrorism over the last 50 years, covering the period from the beginning of 1970 to the end of 2018, and placing a special emphasis on trends since 2014, which corresponds with the start of the fall of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

According to the report, nine out of 12 countries in the Russia and Eurasia region improved last year, while two maintained their score of ‘no impact of terrorism.’  Only Tajikistan deteriorated.  Kazakhstan, Armenia, Ukraine, Russia and Azerbaijan had the largest improvements in the region.  Kazakhstan has now been without incident for two years. 

According to the 2019 Global Terrorism Index (GTI), deaths from terrorism fell for the fourth consecutive year, after peaking in 2014.  The number of deaths has now decreased by 52 per cent since 2014, falling from 33,555 to 15,952.

Meanwhile, the number of countries affected by terrorism is growing.  The number of countries recording a death from terrorism increased from 67 countries to 71 in 2018.  This is the second highest number since the beginning of the century.

Afghanistan had the largest increase in deaths from terrorism, up by 59 per cent from the prior year, and is now at the bottom of the index.