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Five Latin American countries lead the world in homicides

By John Sevigny     Apr 22, 2014 in Crime
Honduras continues to have the world's highest homicide rate, according to a recent United Nations report, followed by four other countries in Latin America.
CNN reported that the five countries with the most "intentional homicides" are Honduras, followed respectively by Venezuela, Belize, El Salvador and Guatemala, according to a 2014 report from the UN Office of Drugs and Crime.
Four of the five countries are in Central America, which forms a natural overland route for drug trafficking from South America to the United States, and much of which is plagued with gang activity.
"Homicides linked to gangs and organized criminal groups accounted for 30 per cent of all homicides in the Americas compared to below 1 per cent in Asia, Europe and Oceania," according to a press bulletin issued by the UN Office. "While surges in homicide are often linked to this type of violence, the Americas saw homicide levels five to eight times higher than Europe and Asia since the 1950s."
The report indicates the number of homicides per 100,000 residents in each country during the year 2012. In Honduras, that figure was 90.4, compared to 53.7 in Venezuela, the country with the second highest number of homicides that year.
"Intentional homicide caused the deaths of almost half a million people across the world in 2012," the report reads in part. "The continuing high levels of homicide in the Americas are the legacy of decades of political and crime-related violence, which has hindered a decline in homicide levels in certain countries. However, homicide levels in
some countries in the Americas, such as Brazil, are now stabilizing."
Forty-three percent of homicides worldwide were committed with firearms.
Belize came in third with 44.7 intentional killings per 100,000, followed by El Salvador (41.2) and Guatemala (39.9). Colombia, once considered the most dangerous nation on earth, came in tenth with 30.8 homicides per 100,000 people.
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