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Report Ranks Mexico Second in the World in Murders in 2016

LADB Article ID: 80296
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-05-17
By: Carlos Navarro

Mexico ranked second in the world in terms of intentional homicides in 2016, according to a report issued by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) on May 9. The IISS Armed Conflict Survey (ACS) 2017 reported 23,000 such deaths in Mexico, ascribed primarily to violence perpetrated by criminal organizations. Only war-torn Syria ranked higher than Mexico last year, with 60,000 intentional homicides, said Antonio Sampaio, one of the authors of the report. The murder totals in Mexico in 2016, in fact, surpassed those in two other war-torn countries: Iraq, at 17,000, and Afghanistan at 16,000, the ACS reported. By putting Mexico in the same category as war-torn countries, the report implied that Mexico was also a country at war, an assertion that the Mexican government disputed. The number of murders in Mexico reported by the ACS in 2016 surpassed the total for 2015 by almost 23% and almost doubled the number of drug-related murders recorded in 2010 through 2012, during the last three years of ex-President Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) drug-interdiction campaign, which is blamed for a rise in violence in Mexico

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