Nearly half a million people worldwide were murdered in 2012

unodc-logoNearly half a million people worldwide, mostly men, were murdered in 2012, according to a study released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

In its “Global study on homicide 2013″, presented this year in London, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) revealed that out of the 437,000 people who lost their lives in that year, 80% were men, as well as 95% of the crimes’ perpetrators.

Of the total deaths, 15% (63,000) were due to domestic violence, being in that case 70% (43,600) of the victims women.

Over half the world’s intentional homicide victims were under 30 and 8% were children under 15 (36,000), says the UNODC, indicating that most deaths took place in the Americas and Africa, where nearly 750 million people live.

Specifically, the world’s most violent zones are Central America and the South of Africa, where the murder rates are 26 and 30 per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively, compared to a global average of 6.2 per 100,000 inhabitants.

With murder numbers five times lower than the global average, the world’s least violent places in 2012 were East Asia and South and Western Europe, while North and East Africa show a worrying rising trend due to the increasing social instability.

Organized crime and gang-related murders amounted for 30% of America’s violent deaths, compared to 1% in Asia, Europe and Oceania.

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Source: El Nacional

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