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Homicide rates rise again in Brazil in 2020 after two years in decline

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After two years in decline, the rate of intentional violent deaths (homicides) grew 4% in 2020 in Brazil, to 23.6 people per 100,000 inhabitants, from 22.7 in 2019, according to data from the 15th Yearbook of the Brazilian Forum on Public Security (FBSP) released on Thursday (15).

In absolute numbers, there were 50,033 deaths, compared to 47,742 in the previous year.

Growing poverty and worsening mental health of the population, the pandemic context, territorial disputes among criminal groups, and the increased availability of firearms are among the factors that encouraged the . . .

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