20 December 2018 APAC Advisory – Singapore: Incidents of piracy in Straits of Malacca and Singapore increases

A total of nine piracy incidents were reported for October 2017, two of which were failed attempts since the ship’s crew were able to stop the pirates from entering. The same month of 2016 reported only seven incidents.
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21 December 2018 APAC Advisory – (Update) India: BJP rallies allowed in West Bengal

Yesterday the high court of Kolkata cleared the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) to conduct rallies and road shows in West Bengal. The state government had refused permission for the rallies earlier this month due to concerns of communal unrest.
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21 December 2018 APAC Advisory – Cambodia: Opposition activists pressured to defect

Eight opposition activists were allegedly pressured by the police to defect to the ruling Cambodia People's Party. The incidents occurred in Kandal province on December 20. The activists belong to the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).
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21 December 2018 APAC Advisory – Myanmar: Short-term ceasefire announced

The Commander-in-Chief of Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s military) announced a short-term ceasefire between the military and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army and the Arakan Army. The ceasfire was announced today. It will be effective immediately until April 30, 2019.
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21 December 2018 APAC Alert – Indonesia: South Jakarta roads to be closed

Authorities are closing several streets in the Mega Kuningan area of South Jakarta ahead of the planned protest against China’s policy towards Muslim Uighurs. The protest is scheduled to start at 1:00 PM Jakarta time in front of the Chinese Embassy.
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Vietnam Country Assessment Report (December 21, 2018): Calls for political freedoms

Earlier this week, concerned Vietnamese sent a petition to the country’s political leaders calling for the implementation of political reforms. The petition was also sent to members of the National Assembly, to the United Nations and to foreign diplomatic missions in Vietnam.
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Sri Lanka Country Assessment Report (December 21, 2018): New cabinet sworn-in

Yesterday President Sirisena appointed 28 lawmakers and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as cabinet ministers. The cabinet formation comes after a month-long political crisis in Sri Lanka. The crisis has led to a dysfunctioning government. Sirisena has retained the defense, and the law and order ministry. 
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MAIN ISSUES IN SOUTH ASIA Friday, 21 December 2018

APAC Assistance Director Paul Quaglia discusses South Asia security issues for 21 December, 2018. INDIA Yesterday the high court of Kolkata cleared the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) to conduct rallies and road shows in West Bengal. The state government had refused permission for the rallies earlier this month due to concerns of communal unrest. The BJP has proposed tentative new dates from December 28 to 31 for the statewide rallies. The court has directed the police to deploy adequate force to maintain law and order during the rallies. A mob in Haryana had set two-vehicles on fire blocking the Karnal-Indri state highway near Janesaro village yesterday afternoon. The mob violence started after an accident on the highway that killed two children and injured 10 others. The accident allegedly occurred due to an overloaded transport vehicle which lost control and collided with the school bus. SRI LANKA Police fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse a protest march organized by the Inter-University Students Federation yesterday evening. The university students staged the protest at Technical Junction in the Maradana area of Colombo. The protest was against the alleged student suppression in the Rajarata and Agneediga universities.
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MAIN ISSUES IN SOUTH ASIA Wednesday, 19 December 2018

APAC Assistance Director Paul Quaglia discusses South Asia security issues. BANGLADESH Over a thousand platoons from Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have been deployed yesterday across Bangladesh ahead of the elections scheduled on December 30. Fifty platoons will be deployed in Dhaka.
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