Advisories

  • May 22, 2020 – Countries in Asia prepare for Eid in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic October 12, 2020
    Muslims in Asia, particularly South and Southeast Asia, will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, between May 23-26. Eid ul-Fitr or just Eid is an auspicious festival celebrated by Muslims all around the world and marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. This year’s Ramadan began ...
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  • May 21, 2020 – Hong Kong: Upcoming protests in Hong Kong October 12, 2020
    The city of Hong Kong is likely to see a wave of protests in the coming weeks. There have been calls to mobilize more protesters by the pro-democracy camp to oppose the proposed passage of the controversial anthem bill. The proposed bill is scheduled to be passed on May 27 and the anti-government voices are ...
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  • May 20, 2020 – (Update) Timor Leste parliament votes new president from Fretilin October 12, 2020
    The National Parliament voted to replace Arão Noé Amaral with Aniceto Guterres as President, by a majority of 40 votes yesterday. The former President Amaral, of Congress Nacional de Reconstrução de Timor (CNRT), refused to recognize the result of yesterday’s vote. Anicetro Guterres is from Frente Revolucionária de Timor-Leste Independente (Fretilin), which is part of ...
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  • May 19, 2020 – Indonesia: Freeport cuts workforce as COVID-19 cases climb October 12, 2020
    PT Freeport Indonesia (PFTI) will operate the Grasberg mine with a “skeletal team” due to a rise in COVID-19 infections in the area, including at the mine workers’ living quarters. It is not clear how many workers at the mine, which normally employs 25,000 people, will be retained to run the operations. At least 150 ...
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  • May 19, 2020 – (Update) Timor Leste: Ongoing protest against coalition government October 12, 2020
    The chamber erupted into a fight yesterday between members of the Congress Nacional de Reconstrução de Timor (CNRT) and the majority coalition government. The majority coalition comprises–the People’s Liberation Party (PLP), Kmanek Haburas Unidade Nasional Timor Oan (KHUNTO), and Frente Revolucionária de Timor-Leste Independente (Fretilin). The fight erupted as President Arao Noe Amaral’s CNRT party ...
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  • May 13, 2020 – Malaysia: Mahathir’s son losses Kedah to Perikatan Nasional October 12, 2020
    The Pakatan Harapan administration in the state of Kedah has fallen after two Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) assemblymen defected from the coalition. The leadership of the state had been held by Mukhriz, the son of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. The two assemblymen said they quit PKR after losing confidence in its president, Anwar Ibrahim. ...
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  • May 13, 2020 – Timor Leste: Parliament president dismisses calls for his ouster October 12, 2020
    The president of the National Parliament has dismissed calls for his ouster by three rival parties. He claimed that these calls were unfounded and a distraction from tackling COVID-19. National Parliament President Arao Noe Amaral said that under the constitution, the President of Timor Leste must dissolve parliament in order to replace him and his ...
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  • May 12, 2020 – Bangladesh: Two robberies in Dhaka October 12, 2020
    Two separate incidents of armed robberies took place in Dhaka’s Sayedabad and Islampur areas on May 10. In the first incident that took place in Sayedabad, four masked assailants allegedly robbed USD 64,800 at gunpoint from two dealers of a Dutch-Bangla Bank agent banking service. The incident allegedly took place within 100 yards of the Sayedabad ...
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  • May 12, 2020 – Indonesia: Fatal incident as plane crashes in Papua’s Jayapura October 12, 2020
    The pilot of a Kodiak plane was killed after it crashed into Lake Sentani, near Jayapura, in Papua today. APAC Assistance staff reported the pilot is a Filipino-American woman. The plane crashed on take-off. It was in a Mission Aviation Fellowship flight and was about to fly a cargo to Mainit in the Tolikaran regency. ...
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  • May 12, 2020 – Hong Kong: Police arrest at least 250 people as protests return October 12, 2020
    Police in Hong Kong arrested at least 250 people during protests in Mong Kok on May 10. Among those arrested was Democratic Party lawmaker Roy Kwong, for “disorderly conduct in public place”. Earlier in the day, hundreds of protesters gathered in at least 10 shopping malls to demonstrate. In the evening, a small group of ...
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