Regional Overview: Central America and the Caribbean
21-27 June 2020

Last week, demonstrations in Central America and the Caribbean remained high despite a slight downward trend, with coronavirus-related demonstrations representing nearly a quarter of all recorded demonstration events. Workers across the region called for the resumption of professional activities, while health workers specifically continued to protest for better working conditions. In Mexico, anti-government protests continued…

Regional Overview: Europe
21-27 June 2020

Protest activity remained at previous low levels or declined more so across Eastern Europe, other than in Russia. Notable developments include protests against proposed changes to the constitution in Russia, which is currently subject to a national referendum and continued protests against political oppression in Belarus ahead of the 9 August elections. In Russia and…

Regional Overview: Africa
21-27 June 2020

This week in Africa, cross-border incursions were reported in Rwanda, Sudan and Chad; demonstrations against economic marginalization turned violent in Tunisia; and Boko Haram engaged in heavy clashes with state and international forces in Nigeria. In Tunisia, demonstrations against economic marginalization turned violent in the southern region of Tataouine. Whilst the latest round of demonstrations…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
21-27 June 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, ongoing violence and new intelligence reports once again overshadowed approaching peace talks in Afghanistan, as unidentified groups targeted civilians. Restrictions on freedom of speech and media caused unrest in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Georgia, while ceasefire violations continued on the Armenia-Azerbaijan-Artsakh Lines of Contact.  In Afghanistan, fighting between…

Regional Overview: Middle East
21-27 June 2020

Last week in the Middle East battles and shelling/artillery/missile attacks increased in Syria. Battles also increased in Iraq as Turkish operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) continued.  In Syria, clashes erupted between Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS) and the newly formed Fathbatou Operations Room after HTS forces arrested a prominent Fathbatou leader. The clashes…

Regional Overview: South Asia
21-27 June 2020

Key trends in South Asia last week include: armed clashes between security forces and domestic rebel groups in Pakistan and India; electoral violence in India; and coronavirus-related violence in Nepal and India. In Pakistan, security forces killed four Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants during a security operation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. While in Balochistan province, seven…

Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
21-27 June 2020

In Southeast Asia, key developments last week include: intensified fighting in Rakhine state in Myanmar; pro-democracy protests in Thailand; demonstrations by Islamist groups in Indonesia over a proposed bill regarding pancasila guidelines; and ongoing drug-violence in the Philippines. In Myanmar, the first anniversary of the internet shutdown in several townships in Rakhine state and Paletwa…