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Homicide claimed 464,000 lives in 2017, says UN

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Yury Fedotov

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said that about 464,000 people across the world were killed in homicides in 2017, surpassing by far the 89,000 killed in armed conflicts in the same period.

The latest report tagged ‘Global Study on Homicide 2019’ published by the organisation yesterday and made available to The Guardian by the Communications Officer, Sylvester Atere, shows that people who died through homicide increased from 395,542 in 1992 to 464,000 in 2017.

It also disclosed that 81 per cent of the homicide victims recorded in 2017 were men and boys, and more than 90 per cent of suspects in homicide cases were men, adding that the gender disparity among victims changes with age.

Executive Director, UNODC, Mr. Yury Fedotov, noted that the global population, which rose faster than the recorded homicide cases and the overall risk of being killed in homicides, declined steadily from 7.2 in 1992 to 6.1 in 2017.

Fedotov said: “The Global Study on Homicide seeks to shed light on gender-related killings, lethal gang violence and other challenges, to support prevention and interventions to bring down homicide rates.

“Countries have committed to targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to reduce all forms of violence and related deaths by 2030. This report offers important examples of effective community-based interventions that have helped to bring about improvements in areas afflicted by violence, gangs and organised crime.”

According to the report, organised crime alone was responsible for up to 19 per cent of all homicides in 2017, and since the start of the 21st century, organised crime killed about as many people as all armed conflicts across the world.


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