Global Burden of Armed Violence 2011 now available

Nine out of ten violent deaths occur outside conflicts, according to the new report “The Global Burden of Armed Violence 2011”. It is based on a comprehensive data on homicides across both conflict and non-conflict settings. The report finds that the percentage of firearms used in homicides is significantly higher in the Americas than in other parts of the world, and that guns are increasingly the weapon of choice of gangs and groups engaged in organised crime. El Salvador was the country most affected by lethal violence in 2004–09, followed by Iraq and Jamaica.