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Venezuela sees 'record murder rate' in 2011

"We must inform the nation that 2011 will end as the the most violent year in the nation's history," the Venezuela Violence Observatory (OVV) said in a news release.

Its figures based on research by several Venezuelan universities suggest that in 2011 Venezuela had a murder rate of 67 per 100,000 inhabitants.

That compares to 32 per 100,000 last Wholesale jerseys china year in neighbouring Colombia and 14 per 100,000 in Mexico, two countries suffering widespread drug related violence.

The Venezuelan government has recognised the problem Discount mlb jerseys of violent crime, though its figures are lower.

Last February, Interior Minister Tarek El Aissami told Congress the murder rate was 48 per 100,000 inhabitants.

'Impunity'The OVV says violent crime has risen steadily in Venezuela since 1999 when President Chavez took office. In that year only 4,550 murders were registered.

The group did not give an overall reason for the rising violence, but said the problem was fuelled by impunity, with the great majority of killings going unpunished.

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