December 17, 2018Southeast Asia
2018 was a brutal year, in many ways, for civil society activists, rights advocates, and democratic politicians throughout Southeast Asia. Cambodia’s government transformed from an autocratic regime …
April 26, 2018Sub-Saharan Africa
The RWB index provides a useful tool for comparing media freedom around the continent. It also provides yet another example of the diversity of the African continent. With respect to media freedom, Ghana and South Africa are far removed from Sudan and Eritrea.
January 18, 2019Nigeria
Has sectarian violence in the Middle Belt increased significantly in 2018? On December 20, 2018, we published year-to-date data. Below we publish data for the entire year of 2018. Based on an analysis of Nigeria Security Tracker data, the short answer to the first question is yes, violence has almost doubled since 2017.
January 9, 2019Nigeria
On January 6, the Nigerian security services raided the offices of the Daily Trust, one of Nigeria’s largest circulation newspapers, apparently angry at its published reports about the upcoming army move against a Boko Haram faction, the Islamic State West Africa (ISWA), and recent military defeats.
December 27, 2018United States
Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2018 who through…
December 21, 2018Southeast Asia
In addition to regression on the issue of press freedom, Southeast Asia witnessed backsliding on rights and freedoms in many other areas in 2018, with Malaysia as a notable exception to this trend. …
December 20, 2018Nigeria
Based on an analysis of Nigeria Security Tracker data, deaths from sectarian violence have almost doubled since 2017. The NST documented 1,949 deaths through October 2018, compared to 1,041 sectarian-related deaths in all of 2017. Violence is about even with Boko Haram, in terms of the number of conflict-related victims. Deaths related to the Boko Haram conflict through October 2018 are roughly 1,900.