January 17, 2021 – Thailand: Seven activists arrested at anti-government protest

At least seven people were arrested after scuffles between police and anti-government protesters in central Bangkok yesterday. Four people also suffered minor injuries after a small explosion outside Chamchuri Square on Rama IV Road. Two small protests were held yesterday afternoon, one by a group calling itself Free Guards at Democracy Monument and the other […]
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December 14, 2020 – Papua New Guinea: Security increased around Parliament House in Port Moresby

Security was increased around the Parliament House today in Port Moresby as it was scheduled to reconvene to comply with a Supreme Court order, says Assistant Police Commissioner Anthony Wagambie Jr. He said that in addition to normal policing operations, there would be a deployment of additional police personnel in areas around the parliament. Public […]
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November 13, 2020 – Pakistan: Traffic plan for Karachi issued ahead of PSL playoffs

An alternate-route plan for the citizens of Karachi has been issued ahead of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 Playoffs. The sporting event is scheduled to begin from November 14. To ensure maximum security, areas in close proximity of the National Stadium will be closed for traffic. A press release issued by the deputy inspector […]
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October 16, 2020 – (Update) Thailand: Protest location changed to Pathumwan Intersection in Bangkok

The pro-democracy protest location was abruptly changed to Pathumwan Intersection from the Ratchaprasong intersection as planned earlier. The protests were scheduled to take place at the latter, the city’s main inner business district at 4:00 PM (local time). The government had deployed police personnel and set up road blockades and barriers ahead of the planned […]
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October 15, 2020 – Philippines: Communist Party orders NPA to target Chinese firms

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) called on its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), to target Chinese companies involved in infrastructure projects, yesterday. This included state-backed firms allegedly involved in China’s militarization in the South China Sea. The CPP alleged that these firms were involved “in the plunder and destruction of Philippine […]
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October 8, 2020 – Timor-Leste: Parliament approves final state budget 2020

The Parliament has given the final approval for the state general budget of 2020 which amounts to USD 1.497 billion. Around 43 members of parliament voted in favor of the budget, while 21 voted against the budget and there was one abstention. “I ask the Parliament Commission for Public Finance to settle the final redaction to […]
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October 7, 2020 – Pakistan: Special arrangements ahead of Chehlum processions tomorrow

Local governments are making security arrangements for the mourning processions for the Chehlum of Imam Hussain to be observed tomorrow. Chehlum is a religious observance that occurs forty days after the Day of Ashura. It commemorates the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. Rawalpindi: The Rawalpindi administration has finalized and approved the […]
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October 4, 2020 – Timor Leste: State of Emergency extended until November 3

President Francisco Guterres ‘Lú-Olo’ ordered the sixth State of Emergency in the country due to COVID-19 on October 3. The State of Emergency started from midnight on October 4 and will run until 11:59 PM (local time) on November 3. It is in place across the national territory. The announcement came after the National Parliament […]
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September 24, 2020 – Indonesia: Ongoing protests in Papua against Otsus

Protests against the extension of the special autonomy (Otsus) status in the Papuan provinces are ongoing currently (local time). The Papuan protesters are also calling for an independence referendum. Over a thousand people have gathered at Nabire. Protests have also been recorded in Nabire. Authorities have arrested over 200 individuals. Background: The government is seeking to […]
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September 24, 2020 – PNG: Former rebel leader Ishmael Toroama elected President of Bougainville

Former rebel military commander of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA), Ishmael Toroama, was elected as president of Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea. The electoral officials announced the results of the general elections yesterday. This was the first general election since Bougainville voted overwhelmingly to separate from Papua New Guinea (PNG) at the […]
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