Regional Hub:
South Asia and Afghanistan

Region at a glance
Week of 6/18/22

Data cover period 6/18/22 - 6/24/22. For more information on how ACLED collects data and categorises events, see the ACLED Codebook.

Political Violence Events: 102

+3% from previous week

Demonstration Events: 696

-37% from previous week

Event Types:

Battles: 42 Events

Explosions/Remote Violence: 9 Events

Violence Against Civilians: 26 Events

Protests: 633 Events

Riots: 88 Events

Find all ACLED data and analysis for South Asia and Afghanistan below.

The South Asia and Afghanistan dataset is updated every Tuesday through the most recent Friday.

Curated Data

This file contains all political violence events, demonstration events, and strategic developments recorded in South Asia from the beginning of ACLED coverage to the present. Please note that historical coverage may vary by country. A full list of country-year coverage is available here.

For an explanation of how ACLED codes and categorizes data, see the ACLED Codebook. For more information, see our Resource Library. Guides specific to South Asia and Afghanistan include:

Regional Overviews

Our weekly analysis briefs break down the latest data on political violence and protest trends, highlighting potential early warning signs for closer monitoring.

Regional Data Collection Partners

ACLED partners with a wide range of organizations to collect information in hard-to-access contexts and integrate thematic, regional, and country-level expertise into our data collection program. Click through the list to learn more about our partners in South Asia and Afghanistan.

Afghan Peace Watch (APW) is a non-profit organization focused on delivering credible information and research on security, political violence, civic activism, human rights violations, humanitarian efforts, and strategic developments in Afghanistan.  APW enhances access to credible information in Afghanistan and promotes peace through conflict resolution, media reporting, research, advocacy, accountability, and humanitarian support.

The organization has been documenting security and violence incidents in Afghanistan since February 2020. Following the Taliban’s takeover in August 2021, media and research organizations face strict censorship, making access to accurate information extremely difficult. To collect credible data from the ground in Afghanistan, APW uses a unique methodology, maintains a network of reporters all across the country, and draws information from around 238 sources in all 34 provinces.

The Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD) records major incidents of violence against aid workers. Initiated in 2005, to date the AWSD remains the sole comprehensive global source of this data, providing the evidence base for analysis of the changing security environment for civilian aid operations. The AWSD is a project of Humanitarian Outcomes.

Founded in 2015, Centre for Social Change (CSC) is a non-profit making social think-tank based in Kathmandu, Nepal working on the changing socio-political dynamics of Nepalese society via research, education, and policy advocacy. CSC’s current works are focused on issues around conflict prevention, governance, migration, labor, civic engagement, and social development.

Collective Campaign for Peace (COCAP) is a national network of 43 peace and human rights non-governmental organizations from 29 different districts of Nepal. It aims to provide a common space for its members, volunteers and friends to collectively engage in the pursuit for peace, human rights and justice in Nepal. It organizes national/regional level campaigns and conferences on the issues of peace and human rights in coordination with its member organizations and other like-minded organizations. In November 2014, COCAP started a new conflict prevention and protection initiative, NepalMonitor.org. The initiative is based on an online system designed to alert local organizations about human rights and security incidents in their area.

Front Line Defenders is an Irish-based international organisation, founded in 2001, with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk (HRDs); people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Front Line Defenders addresses the protection needs identified by HRDs themselves. The organisation has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and in 2018 Front Line Defenders was awarded the UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights.

Live Universal Awareness Map (Liveuamap) is a leading independent global news and information site dedicated to factual reporting of a variety of important topics including conflicts, human rights issues, protests, terrorism, weapons deployment, health matters, natural disasters, and weather related stories, among others, from a vast array of sources.

ProtectDefenders.eu is the European Union Human Rights Defenders mechanism, established to protect defenders at high risk and facing the most difficult situations worldwide. ProtectDefenders.eu is committed to reaching Human Rights Defenders working in remote areas and countries where it is particularly dangerous to work in human rights defense. It focuses on defenders who are especially targeted, including women human rights defenders, defenders of LGBTI rights, land and environmental rights defenders, economic and social rights defenders, defenders of minorities, lawyers, and those fighting for freedom of expression and association.

South Asian American Leading Together (SAALT) is a national movement strategy and advocacy organization committed to racial justice through structural change, focusing on transforming institutions while leveraging incremental change as a means to shift conditions and power through federal policy and advocacy, local and national partnerships, coalition building (i.e., the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations), and strategic communications. SAALT convenes dedicated spaces for South Asian organizations across the country to engage in political education leading to strategies and narratives to realize our vision. SAALT seeks to build a South Asian American community with shared values that uplift all people of color, and will cross lines of race, caste, gender, sexuality, and religion to abolish systems of oppression and achieve collective liberation.

South Asia and Afghanistan Analysis