Homicides

We mapped the international homicide rate per year per 100.000 inhabitants. “Within the broad range of violent deaths, the core element of intentional homicide is the complete liability of the direct perpetrator, which thus excludes killings directly related to war or conflicts, self-inflicted death (suicide), killings due to legal interventions or justifiable killings (such as self-defence), and those deaths caused when the perpetrator was reckless or negligent but did not intend to take a human life (non-intentional homicide). The Global Study on Homicide in 2013 seeks to shed light on the worst of crimes – the “unlawful death purposefully inflicted on a person by another person. In 2012, intentional homicide took the lives of almost half a million people. The study of intentional homicide is relevant not only because it is the study of the ultimate crime, whose ripple effect goes far beyond the initial loss of human life, but because lethal violence can create a climate of fear and uncertainty. Intentional homicide also victimizes the family and community of the victim, who can be considered secondary victims, and when justice is not served, impunity can lead to further victimization in the form of the denial of the basic human right to justice” (UNOCD). This map should show you the places on earth, where to better not plan a vacation trip to. Like expected, the most dangerous places in terms of homicides are in South-Africa and the northern parts of South-America. It’s caused by poorness of the people and drug dealing gangs, which have no fear of killing people.

Image 1 is a classification of intentional homicides by the UNOCD:

 

Data source: The many faces of homicides. In: Global study on homicide by the UNOCD. https://www.unodc.org/gsh/en/many-faces-of-homicide.html, last operated 18-08-2017.

 

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