Lethal violence in Brazil reached a historic record in 2017, when more than 64,000 people were murdered and the mortality rate reached 30.9 per 100,000 inhabitants. Since 2018, however, the country has reduced the rate of intentional violent deaths annually, reaching 22.3 in 2021, in total numbers there were 47,503 people murdered***.
This is undoubtedly news to be celebrated and praised. However, as the FBSP itself makes clear, contrary to attempts at a simplistic or interested explanation, caution is needed in identifying the
factors and causes for this phenomenon.
For example, the 6.5% reduction in the MVI rate in 2021, compared to
to 2020, did not occur homogeneously in the 27 Federation Units,
and even in 6 of them there was an increase in the number of deaths.
According to the United Nations Office on Crimes and Drugs, it is necessary to continue the progress that has been made on violence in Brazil, as we are still the eighth country with the highest homicide rate per 100,000 people:
1) Jamaica: 44.95
2) Honduras: 36.33
3) South Africa: 33.46
4) Mexico: 28.37
5) Saint Lucia: 28.32
6) Belize: 26.65
7) Colombia: 22.64
8) Brazil: 22.3
In absolute numbers, it is estimated that around 20.4% of homicides on the planet take place in Brazil.
As for drugs, the Federal Police had seized 72 tons of cocaine in the country until August this year. In an interview with Agência Brasil, federal delegate Fabrício Martins, from the General Coordination for Repression of Drugs, Weapons, Crimes against Property and Criminal Factions of the PF, said he believes that, this year, a record will be reached in the seizures of the substance.
The current record was set in 2019, when 104 tons of cocaine were seized. The amount includes all seizures made by the PF and other public authorities (such as the Federal Revenue Service and the Federal Highway Police) that collected the drug and delivered it to the PF.