This map layer shows the amount of state violence against its citizens with the help of the Political Terror Scale Index, classified in five categories, for the year 2015 in all available countries.

Example of how to read the map:

In 2015, Pakistan had the index value of 4,0. This means that in Pakistan, inhabitants are affected by state repression and that heads of state do everything in their power to enforce their ideological and private interests.


  • PTS - Political Terror Scale

    The PTS refers to extrajudicial killings, torture, abduction, political imprisonment and calculates its index on the basis of data from Amnesty International and the US State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. The index values are grouped in five classes: Class 1, with values up to 1 signifies that a country is free and only infrequently imprisons people due to their opinion. Class 5, with a value of 5 signifies that a state oppresses its entire population and heads of state do everything to promote their own ideological and/or private interests and goals. All data have to be understood as guiding values; the corresponding country reports are a more detailed source of information on the country.


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