Jamaica has been ranked third on the list of the most murderous countries in 2014, according to the 2014 Global Status Report on Violence Prevention.
The report was published today by the United Nations and the World Health Organization.
The report says in 2014, Jamaica had a murder rate of 45.1, per 100,000 of the population.
That placed the country behind only Honduras at 103.9 and Venezuela in second at 57.6 per 100,000 of the population.
The report says 70-percent of those murdered in Jamaica last year were killed by the gun.
It notes that while Jamaica’s political system is relatively stable, economic problems including high unemployment and growing debt are plaguing the country and have increased social tension.
It says that while Jamaica’s murder rate has fallen by 40-percent since 2009, gang violence and poverty remain serious problems.
The report says that since the country’s most notorious gang leader, Christopher “Dudus” Coke, was captured in 2010, his relatives and rivals have battled for control over his criminal empire.