Latin America risk: Alert – UNODC homicide report underlines security challenges / The Economist Intelligence Unit

In April 2014 the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its Global Study on Homicide report 2013, which collates and compares murder rates across the world. The report found that 437,000 murders were carried out globally in 2012, with 36% of these taking place in the Americas. Within the Americas, the Central America sub-region had a particularly high homicide rate, at 26 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. By contrast, the average global murder rate was 6.2 per 100,000, making Central America one of the most dangerous sub-regions, with a murder rate of 30 per 100,000, second only to Southern Africa.

The UNODC report compares murder rates from 2012. Although more recent murder data are available from individual countries, not all data are comparable. For this reason, the UNODC report provides a valuable snapshot of comparative trends within the region, even if some factors have begun to change since the data were collected. SEE MORE…

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