Partner Spotlight: Front Line Defenders

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is pleased to announce the incorporation of new partner data collected by Front Line Defenders, an international non-governmental organization committed to protecting human rights defenders at risk. Contributions from Front Line Defenders expand ACLED’s coverage of violence against human rights defenders around the world. © 2019…

The Houthis and the Use of Landmines in Yemen

Although air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition continue to account for the highest number of reported civilian fatalities, Houthi-planted landmines are a persistent threat for Yemeni civilians. On May 22, three unarmed citizens were reportedly killed when they stepped on an explosive device planted by the Houthis near the military port of Al Haymah, in…

From the Mali-Niger borderlands to rural Gao – Tactical and geographical shifts of violence

In late April and early May, six massacres took place in the Mali-Niger border corridor. Presumed militants of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) carried out massacres against the Dawsahak community. Militiamen of the Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA) and the Tuareg Imghad and Allies Self-defence Group (GATIA) carried out massacres…

ACLED Resources: Gaza and the US Embassy Opening in Jerusalem

On Monday, May 14, the US moving of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on the 70th anniversary of the formation of Israel was met with demonstrations and violence on the border with Gaza. While demonstrations and violence in the lead up to Monday have been ongoing, Monday marks the deadliest day of violence in…

Recent Trends in Jordanian Demonstrations

On 27 January 2018, the Jordanian government approved a new budget which removed subsidies on wheat and imposed a tax hike on over 100 common items. However, protests in the kingdom were less attended and less widespread than anticipated due to the same factors that limited protests during the Arab Spring. During the Arab Spring,…

Riots and Protests against Rape in India

Following the highly covered gang-rape of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi in 2012 (BBC, 29 December 2012), the issues of rape and violence against women (VAW) have increasingly come into the social and political spotlight in India. In recent years, social activists have staged a sustained number of riots and protests…

Demonstrations in India

Demonstrations make up 90% of all events in India, yet the modes in which they manifest, who is involved in them, and whether state forces get involved vary based on the region of India in which they occur. In addition to demonstrations like those seen across other country contexts, there are some distinct types of…

Great Return March

In the last three weeks, Gaza has made the headlines due to the large number of fatalities reported during the Great Return March (GRM) demonstrations, raising international concern about Israel’s use of lethal force against demonstrators. The GRM is an on-going mass demonstration in Gaza which has reportedly involved upwards of 50,000 Palestinians. It began…

Regional Overview – Asia 16 April 2018

Over the course of the last week, the levels of political violence and protest remained high in several South Asian countries while they remained low in Southeast Asian countries. With data on political violence in India, as well as in the Jammu & Kashmir region, both now available for download, trends in India as well…

Bangladesh Conflict Brief

From mid-2017 through March 2018, Bangladesh experienced a moderate level of political violence and protest relative to the rest of South and Southeast Asia. About half of all events recorded in Bangladesh have been riots and protests. The majority of these occur in the capital, Dhaka. The number of riots and protests has fallen since…