Over 430,000 people murdered worldwide, says new UN study

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More than 430,000 people were murdered around the world in 2012 according to a new report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The "Global Study on Homicide", released in London on Thursday, reveals that almost half of the homicides are in Africa and the Americas.

The report says that the global average murder rate is 6.2 per 100,000 people, but Southern Africa recorded 30 victims and Central America 26 victims per 100,000 people.

It adds that most of the victims and perpetrators of murder are men, while some 15 per cent of all homicides stem from domestic violence.

Jean-Luc Lemahieu is Director of the Division of Policy Analysis and Public Affairs at UNODC.

"Take all the data away, strip it away, I mean, we need to get to development, security and the agenda against violence working much closer together."

The UNODC report says the global conviction rate for intentional homicide is 43 convictions per 100 murders but disparities exist across regions.

Indeed, for every 100 homicides, 81 were convicted in Europe, 48 were convicted in Asia, while only 24 were convicted in the Americas.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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