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Politics & press news – Embassy 71

Political violence on the rise according to new Risk Index

Political violence – which includes riots, strikes or civil unrest – has increased 56% from a year ago, according to the Clements Worldwide Risk Index (CWRI).

Speaking to diplomats and NGOs at the launch of the CWRI, Chairman of the Charity Commission William Shawcross said the findings in report were “chilling”.

More than half of government organisations operating internationally – including embassies – experienced a political violence event in the past six months, usually around elections. The highest incidence of political violence occurred in Europe, which is traditionally considered a safe region.

The top losses incurred by government organisations operating internationally was terrorism, followed by cyber liability. Understandably, the top concern for government organisations was terrorism followed by political violence.

Ibrahim Ozkaratan of Clements Worldwide said there were policies that could help manage the risks of business interruption caused by political violence, a cyber attacks or terrorism. 

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Ibrahim Ozkaratan (Clements Worldwide), Graham MacKay (Bond) and Charity Commission Chair William Shawcross

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