Violence in Central America – Yale Report

Posted on September 8, 2012 • Filed under: Crime, Latin America News, Police/Military Activity, Social Issues

Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, 2012 – The most recent statistics place Central America as the world’s most violent region.
In the last decade there have been 145,000 homicides in 7 countries in the region, the vast majority of them in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. These countries appear each year among the top ten places for homicides in the world. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report, in 2010 the rate of homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants in the countries in the
region were:
• Honduras: 82.1
• El Salvador: 66
• Belize: 41.7
• Guatemala: 41.4
• Panama: 21.6
• Nicaragua: 13.2
• Costa Rica: 11.3
The Honduras murder rate is the highest in the world, El Salvador occupies second
place, Belize the sixth and Guatemala the seventh. Central America went from a
rate of 27 homicides in 2000 to 43 in 2010. Read Article

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