Address by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

Study shows Barbados has lowest homicide rate

Study shows Barbados has lowest homicide rate
17 May
2017

Barbados, unlike some of its regional neighbors, has one of the lowest homicide rates in Latin American and the Caribbean.

This information is contained in a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank released during an inter-American dialogue panel discussion in Washington, DC.

The study is titled "Restoring Paradise in the Caribbean: Combating Violence with Numbers.”

It focused on five Caribbean countries, Barbados, the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and Suriname.

It found that even though the region has some of the lowest victimization by property crime in the world it has one of the world's highest violent crime rates.

Lead researcher, Heather Sutton says assault and threats remain a concern.

The report estimated that it costs the Caribbean three-percent of its gross domestic product, with Barbados being the country least affected.

The Bahamas meantime is the most affected.

Ms Sutton noted that Caribbean governments are making significant efforts and spending large amounts of their budgets trying to solve this problem.

Several promising initiatives were highlighted in the report, including in the area of justice.

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