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Brazil: number of homicides 2006-2017, by ethnicity

The number of black and brown people murdered in Brazil has been increasing throughout the years. In 2017, around 49.52 thousand black and brown persons were killed in the South American country, up from 45.38 thousand recorded one year before.

Furthermore, most of the homicides in Brazil during 2017 took place in the Northeast region of the country.

Number of homicides in Brazil from 2006 to 2017, by ethnicity

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Release date

June 2019



Survey time period

2006 to 2017

Special properties

Excluding homicides in which ethnicity or skin color was not informed

Supplementary notes

* This category includes people with various shades of brown and black skin. According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), brown-skinned people ("pardos") are Brazilians with mixed ethnic ancestry.
** Including people with white and yellow skin, as well as indigenous people.
Figures have been rounded.

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