2017-08-05: According to reports from Saturday (05 August) unrest occurs over disputed election results in Enga province in Papua New Guinea. Near the city of Wabag houses were set on fire. Several people were killed and multiple others injured in fightings between hostile tribes.
Increased security measures are to be expected, local traffic disruptions are possible. Further violent incidents cannot be ruled out. Travellers should follow instructions by authorities.
Update 2018-09-14: On Wednesday and Thursday (12 and 13 September), there was sporadic violence as large crowds gathered in various parts of Addis Ababa. On Saturday (15 September), further protests are expected with the arrival of the leadership of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) in Addis Ababa. The area around Meskel Square and the Stadium area should be avoided on this day.
Further violent incidents cannot be excluded.
2018-08-25: Violent protests erupted in a remote western region of the country on Friday afternoon (24 August, local time), following a case of rape and murder in the district of Kanchanpur. One person was killed and dozens of others were injured as the police fired shots at protesters in Bhimdatta. A curfew was declared in several areas of the district.
2018-08-19: According to media reports from Sunday (19 August), there have been growing tensions in the town Pacaraima in Brazil, located on the border with Venezuela, between local residents and Venezuelan immigrants. The situation escalated on Saturday (18 August), when attacks on the immigrants occurred following a robbery of a local merchant. Several injuries have been reported. The government of Brazil has decided to send security forces to the border region on Monday (20 August).
2018-08-13: Violent protests erupted in the harbour of Hout Bay, south of Cape Town, on Sunday (12 August), due to the alleged killing of an illegal fisherman by an anti-poaching patrol. Two buildings of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as well as a house of a local official were set on fire.
2018-08-10: Right-wind extremist groups called for a demonstration to take place in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Sunday (12 August). Counter-demonstrations are being organised. Clashes and violent incidents are possible. All firearms will be banned in the area surrounding the demonstrations.
Travellers are advised to inform themselves via local media and authorities about the current situation on site, to follow instructions from security forces, to exercise caution, and to strictly avoid demonstrations.
2018-07-26: The ruling party 'Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz' (PML-N) and other larger parties, including the 'Pakistan Peoples Party' (PPP), accused the opposition party 'Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf' (Pakistan Movement for Justice, PTI) and its chairman Imran Khan of electoral fraud, following the general election on Wednesday (25 July). The military was also accused of having organised the electoral fraud.
2018-07-19: Protests are possible in Israel and in the Palestinian territories in the upcoming days, after the Israeli parliament passed a controversial nation-state law on Thursday (19 July). The law defines Hebrew as single official language, Jewish settlements as national interest, and confirms Jerusalem as capital. Arabic lost its status as official language.
Travellers are advised to exercise caution, to strictly avoid gatherings and protests, and to follow instructions from security forces.
Update 2018-07-15 (2): Protesters attempted to storm the building of the provincial government in Basra on Sunday (15 July). The police fired warning shots into the air and used tear gas as well as water canons. Several people were injured.
Update 2018-07-12: Riots again erupted in Londonderry, particularly in the Bogside area, overnight Thursday (11/12 July, local time). Protesters hurled stones and petrol bombs at the police and against buildings owned by Protestant Unionists. Burning road blockades were also erected.
During riots on Tuesday evening (10 July, local time), automatic weapons had been fired at the police in Londonderry. Riots had also occurred in eastern Belfast, where several cars were set on fire. Two police officers and a civilian had been injured on Monday evening (09 July, local time).