Colombia continues to be one of the most violent countries in the world, with a homicide rate that today triples the average global average, despite advances to conclude the peace process in the country.
The Homicide Observatory of the Institute of Igarapé of Brazil comes to this conclusion, in a study reproduced in the Sunday edition of the newspaper El Espectador.
According to this entity, of the 150 cities with the highest rates of violence in the world, 13 are in Colombia.
Cali, Palmira, and Cúcuta, among others, top the list, with rates that exceed 40 dead persons per 100 thousand inhabitants, twice the national average.
The investigation indicates that Colombia has managed to significantly reduce its homicide rate during the last 27 years, mainly because of the cessation of hostilities with the Revolutionary Armed Forces-People’s Army.
However, the Institute of Igarapé clarifies that about 33 Colombians are killed every day.
He adds that to reverse this state of violence more serious commitments and innovative security policies are required, different from the logic of confrontation and elimination of the enemy.
The average homicide rate at the national level last year was 25.2 per 100,000 inhabitants, which still surpasses the Latin American index, which is around 21.
The Institute points out that Colombia’s murder rate is still very high: 12,262 violent deaths in 2016, which was only surpassed by Mexico and Brazil, nations with three and five times the population, respectively.
Although escalating violence by organized crime in this Andean nation has subsided, there are still areas of dispute over control of illegal mining, areas of coca cultivation and cocaine production, drug trafficking corridors, drug smuggling species of flora and fauna, and drug markets.