Coronavirus Cover: Myanmar Civilians Under Fire

On the same day the United Nations Secretary-General called for a global ceasefire amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Myanmar military designated the United League of Arakan/Arakan Army (ULA/AA) — an ethnic Rakhine armed group fighting for greater autonomy in Rakhine state — as a “terrorist” group. Authorities then set about detaining journalists and blocking online…

Regional Overview: Europe
26 April – 2 May 2020

Demonstrations related to the pandemic and other issues increased last week, particularly in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Notable developments include the surge in anti-government demonstrations in Serbia and labor groups demonstrating over the economic effects of coronavirus measures in Ukraine.  In Serbia, nightly demonstrations against the government and anti-democratic policies surged, with citizens protesting…

Regional Overview: Central America and the Caribbean
26 April – 2 May 2020

Battles and violence targeting civilians remain high across Central America and the Caribbean. Demonstrations increased last week amidst coronavirus lockdowns, with demands centered on the provision of state subsidies and the resumption of work. Unrest fueled by healthcare and economic concerns led to clashes with state authorities enforcing coronavirus restrictions.  Nearly 80% of all demonstrations…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
26 April – 2 May 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, intensified Taliban attacks on Afghan forces prompted a warning from the US, while protests took place in Kazakhstan and Georgia over the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on local economies. Meanwhile, ceasefire violations continued between Azerbaijan and Armenia. In Afghanistan, the Taliban launched dozens of daily attacks on Afghan…

Regional Overview: South Asia
26 April – 2 May 2020

Key trends in South Asia last week include: an escalation in armed clashes between security forces and domestic rebel groups in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K); cross-border armed clashes between Pakistani and Indian military forces; and continuing violence targeting frontline health workers and members of the Muslim community over fears of coronavirus transmission in India. In…