Regional Overview – Asia 28 May 2018

Levels of political violence decreased and the numbers of demonstrations decreased or remained the same in all South and Southeast Asian countries last week compared to the previous week. In Afghanistan, fierce clashes erupted in Ghazni province with Taliban forces closing in on the provincial capital. The majority of battles occurred in the Dih Yak,…

Election Violence in Indian West Bengal

The ruling Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) secured a comfortable victory in the 2018 West Bengal panchayat (village government) elections on May 14 in India. However, political violence and inadequate security arrangements during the election nomination and polling phases prevented opposition parties and citizens from fulfilling their democratic right to participate in free elections. The different…

Regional Overview – Asia 21 May 2018

Major instances of political violence were reported from several South and Southeast Asian countries, especially in Indonesia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. In Indonesia, Islamist groups associated with Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) carried out a series of bombings and other violent attacks on several Christian churches and a Brimob (Mobile Brigade Corps) police station. These attacks resulted…

Regional Overview – Asia 14 May 2018

Levels of political violence and protest events decreased throughout South and Southeast Asian. From a country perspective, the levels of political violence levels dropped most significantly – by 37% – in Afghanistan, yet remained static in India and slightly increased in Pakistan. In Afghanistan, the number of battles between government forces and the Taliban increased…

Naxalite-Maoist Conflict in India 1 January 2016 to Present

Violent conflict involving Naxalite-Maoist rebels in India’s Red Corridor has contributed to a recent increase in political violence in India. Maoist rebels have been engaged in a war against the Government of India since 2004. The insurgency is led by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) whose aim is to overthrow the Indian government and…

Regional Overview – Asia 7 May 2018

Levels of political violence decreased and protest levels remained static in all countries in South and Southeast Asia, with the exception of India where political violence increased by almost 15% and the number of protest events decreased by over 30%. In Afghanistan, Taliban militants launched coordinated attacks on the Tishkan, Shuhada, and Kohistan districts of…

5 Hidden Conflicts in Asia

In this series of infographics, ACLED’s Research Analyst, Melissa Pavlik, explores 5 hidden or under-reported conflicts across Asia. 5. Gau Rakshak Cow Vigilantism in India (2016-Present) 4. India’s Naxalite-Maoist Insurgency (2016-Present) 3. Political Violence & Protests in India’s Northeast (2016-Present) 2. Separatism in the Balochistan Regions of Iran, India, and Pakistan (2017-Present) 1. Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) Activity in Pakistan…

Regional Overview – Asia 30 April 2018

Levels of political violence increased in several South Asian countries while the number of protest events declined or remained static in the South and Southeast Asian region over the course of last week. In Pakistan, there was a rise in militant activity with nine reported events last week compared to five events the week of…

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…

Regional Overview – Asia 23 April 2018

Levels of political violence and protest events remained static in most South and Southeast Asian countries over the course of last week. Overall levels of political violence declined in Afghanistan, while air and ground operations by Afghan security forces against Islamic State militants in Nangarhar province were heavier than previous reports, with 22 reported events…