Murder rates drop to 40-year low in Colombia

Murder rate in Colombia has fallen to a 40-year low of 24 per 100,000 people in 2017 with 11,430 killings recorded, 320 fewer than in the same period last year, the ministry of defence said in Bogota on Tuesday. Crime rates, which stood high when militias and drug cartels like Medellin were practically running the country, have fallen after the government struck a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. This has led to more tourists arrivals. However, rights activists and social workers are concerned as 105 of their members have been murdered this year, a UN report says.