The US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand all ranked high in a list of world’s safest countries.
The UK was the only country where the number of crimes against human beings fell in 2016 compared with 2015, the latest year for which statistics are available.
Australia had the lowest murder rate of any country in the world in 2016.
The report, published by the UN Human Rights Council, found that the global rate of human-caused deaths is 4.7 per 100,000 population, the second lowest in the 21st century.
There were 8,937 crimes against humanity in the past year.
It is one of the most comprehensive statistics on crime and terrorism ever compiled, which shows the total number of attacks, murders, rapes and other crimes worldwide.
The list was compiled by the Council’s human rights committee and released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
It includes countries that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention against Torture, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
The countries that made the top 10 include the UK, New Zealand, Canada and Australia.
In the US, the United States was ranked highest for murder, while the UK was ranked third for the number killed in terror attacks.
The top ten were the US at No. 1, Canada at No 8, New York at No 12, New Jersey at No 16 and Canada at 12.
The US was ranked as the safest country in 2016, the report said.
“The US was one of only three countries to maintain the highest murder rate for two consecutive years,” said Kate Pickett, senior researcher at the New Zealand-based think tank the John Howard Institute, which compiled the list.
“Its homicide rate remained relatively stable at a rate of 3.1 per 100 million population.”
The UK, with an annual murder rate just over 1,000 per 100 of a population, was the safest of the six countries.
In 2015, it was the third safest country after the US and Australia, with a murder rate that was just under 1,600 per 100.
The highest rate of homicide in 2016 was in Germany with 9,903 murders, which was also a drop from 2015.
The German government blamed a rise in gun violence in the country on a “militant strain” in the police force.
“It is the first time since 1990 that we have seen such a marked drop in the rate of violent crime,” said Stefan Wibl, an analyst with the German police union.
The New Zealand government said the drop in murders had been a result of better law enforcement in recent years.
“While the rate has remained fairly steady in the last few years, crime in New Zealand has fallen in comparison to other developed countries,” a spokesman said.
The United States has the second-highest rate of murder and the UK is the second highest for rapes.
Australia and Canada have the third-lowest rates.
Australia’s rate of 0.6 per 100 000 population is the lowest in 20 years.
The rate of 9,742 rapes in 2016 is the highest recorded since the UN began tracking crimes against women in 1974.
“Our murder rate has fallen by more than 60 per cent in the 12 years since the introduction of a new national homicide strategy in 2006,” said Andrew Leigh, deputy chief executive of the Australian Human Rights Commission.
The European Union ranked the US in the top 20 for murder and for the second year in a row for rape.
The UN Human Right Council said there was a significant drop in crime across the world, but it is still far too early to say whether the trend will reverse in the coming years.
It said it is too early for anyone to draw any firm conclusions about the reasons for the drop.
The council also said that the US has one of highest rates of gun ownership in the developed world, and that the country had one of lowest rates of suicide.