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Venezuela to address high murder rate

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan President, says he will address his country’s high murder rate by disarming civilians of guns.

Maduro said his government would invest US $47 millon and create 60 new disarmament centres.

According to United Nations figures, Venezuela has the second highest murder rate in the world after Honduras.

Most of the murders in Venezuela are committed using firearms.

UN figures suggest there were 53.7 murders per 100,000 inhabitants in 2012, compared to 90.4 in Honduras.

The figure was up from 47.8 the previous year.

Maduro also approved US $39 million in funding for a plan under which soldiers have been deployed to patrol the streets of the most dangerous neighbourhoods.

In June 2013, President Maduro introduced tough penalties for illegal weapons possession, with sentences of up to 20 years in jail.

But despite these new laws, the perception of insecurity among Venezuelan citizens remains high.

(Source: BBC World)

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