Tag: violence

Wednesday, November 13th 2013 - 19:30 UTC

Latin America the most insecure region in the world suffers 'epidemic of violence'

One in three Latin Americans reported being a victim of a violent crime in 2012, says the UN report

Despite a decade of economic growth, Latin America is the most insecure region in the world, and an increase in crime on the continent has led to “an epidemic of violence” that is affecting growth, according to a report released by the UN Development Program. One in three Latin Americans reported being a victim of a violent crime in 2012, with the majority of the attacks being mainly robberies.

Saturday, July 20th 2013 - 05:57 UTC

Brazil the seventh most violent country; in 30 years homicides soared 132%, says Map of Violence

Male, Afro-Brazilian, aged from 14 to 25, the most likely victims of violence

More than one million people were murdered in Brazil between 1980 and 2011, making it the world’s seventh-most violent country, according to the Map of Violence survey. In that period the homicides soared 132% to claim 1,145,208 lives, from a rate of 11.5 murders for 100,000 inhabitants in 1980 to 27 per 100,000 in 2011.

Monday, February 18th 2013 - 06:14 UTC

Brazil deploys elite forces in southern state to contain wave of violent attacks from drug lords

Famous for its beaches and whales sanctuary, peaceful Florianopolis has been exposed to torching on public transport and private cars

Elite police commando units fanned out across the streets of the Brazilian southern state of Santa Catarina over the weekend in an attempt to contain a wave of violent attacks over the past two weeks.

Friday, February 1st 2013 - 07:32 UTC

Cost of crimes against property and people in Uruguay estimated at 3.1% of GDP

Crime rates in Uruguay are generally lower than in the rest of Latam but the issue is now at the top of the public agenda

The cost of crimes against property and people in Uruguay in 2010 totaled at least 1.2 billion dollars, which was equivalent to 3.1% of the country’s GDP. This was the conclusion of a new study carried out at the country’s Economic Research Center by researchers Aboal Diego, Jorge Campanella, and Bibiana Lanzilotta, with the collaboration of Magdalena Dominguez and Maren Vairo.

Monday, November 26th 2012 - 23:32 UTC

Brazil’s largest city replaces all chiefs of police to contain an escalating wave of killings

Security Chief Fernando Grella took office only four days ago

The chiefs of police in Sao Paulo were replaced on Monday as Brazil's largest city emerged from a bloody weekend and authorities struggled to contain a wave of violence that has doubled the murder rate in recent months.

Monday, November 26th 2012 - 04:35 UTC

Sao Paulo City gripped in a “civil war” between organized crime and the police, says top Judge

Fausto de Sanctis from the Sao Paulo federal tribunal is considered a leading Judge in Brazil

A Brazilian magistrate described the wave of killings in Sao Paulo city as a ‘civil war’ between organized crime and unsupported police forces to which the local population is closing its eyes.

Friday, October 28th 2011 - 20:39 UTC

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

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

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.

Saturday, October 8th 2011 - 08:13 UTC

Justice Minister admits a “culture of violence” and “impunity” in Brazil

The favelas in Rio do Janeiro are famous for crime and drugs

“Economic interests” and a “culture of violence” are to blame for rate crimes in Brazil and conspire against government plans to disarm the population and improve security, claimed Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo.

Saturday, October 8th 2011 - 08:09 UTC

Latin America has highest rates of intentional homicide, says UNDOC report

In Central America 2% of the 20 year old males will be killed by the age of 31

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, has released its first “Global Study on Homicide”, which shows that young men, particularly in Central and South America, the Caribbean and Central and Southern Africa, are at greatest risk of falling victim to intentional homicide.

Saturday, August 27th 2011 - 07:21 UTC

Mexico demands crackdown on drugs in the US following casino carnage

President Felipe Calderón: “We're neighbours, we're allies, we're friends, but you are also responsible”

Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared three days of mourning Friday and demanded a crackdown on drugs in the United States after armed men torched a casino in northern Mexico, killing at least 65 people.


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