Friday, October 28th 2011 - 20:39 UTC

Six our of fourteen of the world’s most violent countries are in Latin America

Six of the 14 most violent countries in the world are in Latin America revealed the second edition of the report “Armed Violence and Development” published Thursday in Geneva by the Secretariat from the Geneva Declaration on Violence and Development, a diplomatic initiative born in 2008.

Gang warfare in El Salvador is the most common cause of violent deaths

“A fourth of all violent deaths took place in 14 countries” points out the report which is based on stats dating back to 2009 and six of those countries belong to Latin America: El Salvador, Honduras, Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala and Belize.

In these countries organized armed groups linked to drug trafficking cause mayor disasters in the area.

“This also proves that the majority of countries suffering from violent deaths are not at war”, said Keith Krause, Professor from the International and Development Studies Centre in Geneva IUHEID which participated in the elaboration of the document.

Iraq, Jamaica, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Lesotho, Centro African Republic, Sudan and the Democratic republic of Congo, complete the list of most violent 14 countries.

El Salvador is the most violent country in the world with 60 deaths per 100.000 of population.

From 2004 to 2009 more people died in violent conditions in El Salvador than in Iraq, the second most violent country in the world, followed by Jamaica.

According to the report 526.000 people die violently every year in the world, but only 55.000 lost their lives in conflict or terrorist conditions, says the report.

Likewise another 200.000 people died in conflict zones because of malnutrition or avoidable diseases.

Krause said that there have been “no major changes in the last three years”.

The Geneva Declaration was signed by over a hundred countries. Among its sponsors figures the UN Program for Development.

The diplomatic initiative has as a main purpose to support the States and civil society in its efforts to reduce in a tangible way armed violence by 2015.

Next Monday and Tuesday Geneva will be holding a ministerial conference sponsored by Switzerland and the UN Development Program to assess advances and to clearly establish priorities.

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1 Cruzansailor (#) Oct 28th, 2011 - 10:08 pm Report abuse
And Mexico?
2 Forgetit87 (#) Oct 28th, 2011 - 11:01 pm Report abuse
Last time I checked, Mexico's murder rates are actually modest. It seems violence is highly localized, not widespread.
3 Uncle Sam (#) Oct 29th, 2011 - 04:43 pm Report abuse
I can attest to the murder rate in Belize. I owned a second home there from 1995-2007. The worst thing that happened to Belize was gaining independance! The Brits knew how to govern that mess.
Check out the murder Rate along the U.S./Mexico border. It is horrible and spilling over the border into the U.S. I certainly wouldnt agree that Mexico has a low murder rate. Many murders in Mexico go unreported.
We can all take some lessons from Uruguay! Great country and people.
4 Forgetit87 (#) Oct 29th, 2011 - 06:46 pm Report abuse
Mexico's murder rate is not high in an international, specially Latin American, context. And much of the violence that has exploded during the last 5 years in the Rio Grande border has much to do with the fact that, inspired by US advisers, Felipe Calderón thought it'd be a good idea to solve the drug trade problem by having the police shooting around. Just as that strategy hasn't worked for the US in the foreign front, it has backfired in Mexico in the domestic stage. And murders go unreported in much of the world, the US included.
5 schnack2 (#) Oct 31st, 2011 - 04:44 pm Report abuse
Calderon is righteous to go after the savages in his country. They do not understand anything but brutal force. Fight them in the streets, fight them in their homes, fight them in their children's schools, fight them in the offices of their corrupt government bought politicians, fight them in the US, fight them in Mexico, fight them using Drone predators, fight them by illegaly wiretapping them, fight them by putting a wire on their children, fight them, fight them, fight them. Savages cannot understand anything else.
6 Uncle Sam (#) Oct 31st, 2011 - 08:08 pm Report abuse
No truer words were ever spoken, schnack2. And, apparently, Forgetit87 doesn't know or want to admit that the kick back at the cartels began under Vincenti Fox. And it would appear that he, like so many others, needs a scapegoat, and of course it is the US. Yes, the savages cannot understand anything but brute force. One wonders if Forgetit87 knows or cares that in the border city of Juarez alone there is on average 250 murders per MONTH!

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