By BBN Staff: Belize has the fifth-highest homicide rate in the Americas according to the latest comprehensive report on homicide by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov said that the 2019 Global Study on Homicide was published using data from 2017. The report was designed to shed light on gender-related killings, lethal gang violence, and other challenges, to support prevention and interventions to bring down homicide rates.
The data said showed that El Salvador had the highest rate of deaths from violent crime (61.8 people out of 100,000) followed by Jamaica (57 per 100,000), Venezuela (56.3 per 100,000 in 2016), Honduras (41.7 per 100,000) and Belize (37.9 per 100,000).
Meanwhile, Japan and Singapore reported the lowest intentional homicide rate in the world: 0.2 homicide victims per 100,000 people in 2017. The report noted that the Americas, particularly Central and South America, had the highest global homicide rate.
“Young men in the Americas, especially, face a much higher risk of death from violent crimes than their peers in other parts of the world.
Homicides in the Americas also involve firearms much more often than in other regions,” the report said.
The report also emphasized that male-to-male lethal violence, usually gang-related, is one of the main contributors to violence in the Americas and other regions.
“However, as overall violence goes down, male-to-male violence also goes down; leaving intimate partner and family-related homicides – usually male-to-female – a much more significant type of violence. In Japan, for example, with its lowest-in-the-world homicide rate, women make up the majority of homicide victims.,” the report added.
“Most homicide victims are men, but women more often killed by family and intimate partners.”