UN report: organized crime kills more people than armed conflict

UN report: organized crime kills more people than armed conflict

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) published a report on Monday that showed that organized crime kills more people than armed conflict.

According to the report, “[o]rganized crime kills as many people as all armed conflicts combined.” The report also stated that “up to 19 per cent of all homicides recorded globally in 2017 were related to organized crime and gangs.” The report found that while more men were victims of homicide, women were more likely to be killed by their partners or their family.

The report concluded with several policy implications. According to the report, “the only way of obtaining a long-term and sustainable reduction in the homicide rate is by combating impunity, improving the rule of law and governance, and investing in education.” The report also noted that alcohol and drugs “are important facilitators of violence and homicide” and that providing treatment to people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs would reduce “the risk of their becoming involved in crime.”