Twenty-eight Brazilian children and adolescents are murdered every day, double the number a quarter century ago, when Latin America’s biggest country passed a law to protect minors, UNICEF said Monday.

The United Nations children’s rights agency contrasted Brazil’s dismal toll — 10,500 murders of minors in 2013 — with Congress’s focus on a law lowering the age of adult criminal responsibility from 18 to 16.

The death rate for minors, UNICEF said, is higher than typical even for warzones.

“You can see a push from parts of society to make adolescents responsible for the violence,” the report said.

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