Regional Overview: Europe
3-9 May 2020

Last week, demonstrations increased across the Balkans, Southeastern Europe, and Eastern Europe, primarily due to a rise in demonstrations over issues unrelated to coronavirus. Notable developments were anti-government protests in Serbia and Belarus. Owners and employees of small transport companies protested in nearly a dozen Croatian cities over not being able to work due to…

Regional Overview: South America
3-9 May 2020

Last week in South America, key developments include: protests led by health workers around the region; a failed coup plot in Venezuela; intensified indigenous militia activities in Chile; insurgent activity in Paraguay; increased political tensions in Guyana as a ballot recount begins; and demonstrations against quarantine measures and in support of President Jair Bolsonaro in…

Regional Overview: Central America and the Caribbean
3-9 May 2020

In Central America and the Caribbean, battles and violence targeting civilians continued at similar levels to weeks prior. The coronavirus pandemic remains the main driver for demonstration activity across the region. Health workers continued to protest for greater protection against the coronavirus and improved working conditions in Mexico. In Honduras, Mexico, and Panama, workers continued…

Regional Overview: Africa
3-9 May 2020

Last week in Africa, demonstration activity rose to its highest levels since mid-March amid an easing of coronavirus restrictions in some countries; escalating inter-jihadi conflict in the Sahel became further entrenched; and overtures of peace were made in one of the most violent insurgencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Demonstrations in Tunisia rose to…

Regional Overview: South Asia
3-9 May 2020

Key trends in South Asia last week include: armed clashes between security forces and domestic rebel groups in India; organized violence by domestic rebel groups in Pakistan; and violence over irregularities in coronavirus relief distribution and lockdowns in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. In India, security forces conducted a series of operations last week in Jammu…

Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
3-9 May 2020

In Southeast Asia, key developments last week include: clashes in Myanmar after rebel-run coronavirus efforts were threatened by the military; a retaliatory attack by separatists against state forces in Thailand; violence in the Bangsamoro region of the Philippines; and coronavirus related events in Thailand and Indonesia. In Myanmar, clashes continued between the Myanmar military and…

Call Unanswered: A Review of Responses to the UN Appeal for a Global Ceasefire

On 23 March, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global coronavirus ceasefire (UN News, 23 March 2019). The truce would allow pandemic responses to be carried out in areas that are usually too dangerous for medical personnel to access due to ongoing conflict, and could also create opportunities for negotiations between belligerents.  Unfortunately, the…