Asia is a beautiful continent with a rich history and gorgeous scenery. While there are plenty of amazing countries that people like to visit, Asia also has its fair share of dangerous countries.
There are seven countries in Asia that rise above the rest when it comes to crime, and these countries are the most dangerous, according to the Global Peace Index.
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The US State Department advice citizens to avoid travel to Iran due to the risk of kidnapping and the arbitrary arrest and detention and also exercise increased caution due to wrongful detentions. Other countries such as Australia and Canada do the same.
This is especially true and risky for those who hold dual citizenship with Iran and the United States, and has a disproportionate impact on various professions such as journalism.
It is also more difficult to obtain consular services and assistance in Iran because there is no functioning U.S. Embassy there.
If you must travel to Iran, consider signing up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (or STEP) so that you can stay informed about events there and, if necessary, leave quickly and safely.
Pakistan shares a long border with India, and it is known for its incredible salt mines. Much of the famous pink Himalayan salt comes from Pakistan, but Pakistan is also known for its high crime rate.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Pakistan had a murder rate of 3.8 last year, meaning that 3.8 people in Pakistan were murdered out of every 100,000 people. The high rate of violent crime, presence of terrorist groups, and high poverty rate make Pakistan one of the most dangerous countries in Asia.
LATEST NEWS FROM PAKISTAN:
January 31, 2023: Death toll from Pakistan mosque bombing rises to 100
6. North Korea
Since the split between North Korea and South Korea at the start of the Cold War, the two countries have gone in completely opposite directions. South Korea is one of the most developed countries in the world, while North Korea is one of the most impoverished.
North Korea is also one of the most dangerous countries in Asia. The opaque country is known for its oppressive regime, unparalleled human rights violations, and lack of social support. Because North Korea does not share a lot of information with the external world, the murder rate is not available from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Situated between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, Iraq and Mesopotamia was once the cradle of civilization. Now, Iraq is a country that has become synonymous with terrorism, war, and poverty.
The United States has fought two wars in Iraq during the last 40 years, but the country remains a hotbed for terrorism and violent crime. The most recent set of statistics from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in 2014, give Iraq an intentional homicide rate of more than 10 per 100,000 people.
Currently waging the largest land war in Europe since World War II, Russia is another incredibly dangerous country in Asia. Russia is a country with a tremendous amount of history, but it is also known for the arbitrary detention of tourists and citizens alike.
In 2020, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimated that Russia had a murder rate of 7.3 per 100,000 people, making it one of the most dangerous countries in Asia.
LATEST NEWS FROM RUSSIA:
January 29, 2023: Russian teen faces years in jail over social media post criticizing war in Ukraine
Syria has been gripped by civil war for years, and it doesn’t show any signs of letting up soon. The tremendous amount of domestic violence also makes it a very dangerous place to visit, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that Syria had close to 150 homicides in 2018 alone.
Given the significant amount of terrorism in Syria, the actual number of violent deaths is likely far higher. The political instability, oppressive regime, terrorism, and violence in Syria make it one of the most dangerous countries in Asia.
Situated on the coast of the Middle East, Yemen is one of the most dangerous countries in Asia. The country is known for its widespread disease, hunger, and terrorism. The humanitarian crisis is one of the worst in the world, and that makes Yemen a dangerous place to live and visit.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that Yemen has a murder rate of approximately 6.8. Given the terrorism, drug trafficking, and human trafficking in Yemen, it is one of the most dangerous countries in Asia.
LATEST NEWS FROM YEMEN:
January 31, 2023: 3 al-Qaeda suspects killed in US drone attack in Yemen
Afghanistan has been in a state of almost continuous war for the past 40 years. Fighting wars with Russia and the United States, in addition to multiple periods of civil war, Afghanistan remains the most dangerous country in Asia, and one of the most dangerous in the entire world.
A hotbed for terrorism and violent crime, Afghanistan is not a country that is safe for anyone. Afghanistan was estimated to have an intentional homicide rate of 6.7 in 2018 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, but the actual death toll is likely far higher.