Air Security International

Air Security International
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2925 Briarpark Dr
Houston, TX 77042
(713) 430-7300
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As of 28 November 2016, near-daily demonstrations are occurring throughout Haiti in response to the country’s long-delayed presidential election, as well as to protest against the slow pace of recovery from the devastation left behind by Hurricane Matthew. In Port-au-Prince, election-related protests increased in frequency during the 20 November election and are ongoing in the immediate aftermath of the result announcement. Clashes are likely to continue in the coming months, as no candidate received a majority of the vote, thereby necessitating a run-off election in January 2017. Violent protests have also broken out repeatedly in southern Haiti, as the government has been unable to provide much-needed aid or to distribute foreign donations delivered after Hurricane Matthew. The clashes have led to at least two fatalities, sparking further violent demonstrations. Violence will likely continue, as the damaged areas remain in desperate need of resources.

The holy day of Ashura, which occurs on 11-12 October 2016, is an important religious observance for Shiite Muslims in the Middle East and South Asia, most notably in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Pakistan and Lebanon. Ashura marks the day on which Shite Muslims mourn the death of the first Imam Husyan Ibn Ali, who died in the Battle of Karbala. The Battle of Karbala has significant symbolic importance in Sunni –Shiite relations. As such, there are security concerns associated with the holy day of Ashura given its sectarian history. Shiites often hold large-scale public processions outside mosques and make pilgrimages to Husayn’s tomb in Karbala, as well as other important shrines. These pilgrimages and processions are frequent targets of militant groups because they are very vulnerable to attacks, particularly suicide bombings. UnitedHealthcare Global recommends that travelers avoid Ashura processions due to security concerns. In addition, travelers should plan for increased security measures and expect delays due to road closures.

For the second year in a row, university students in South Africa are staging demonstrations at schools throughout the country to protest plans to raise tuition fees, which they claim would increasingly marginalize the poor. These renewed so-called #FeesMustFall or #Fees2017 protests surged after South Africa’s minister of higher education announced on 19 September that universities could increase fees by as much as 8 percent in 2017. Even though the minister added that students whose households do not earn more than a set income threshold would likely not experience a fee increase, protests nevertheless ensued at multiple universities in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban and several other cities. Students demanding free education have staged rallies, boycotted classes, vandalized property and otherwise disrupted activities at their institutions, and anti-riot police officers have used tear gas, batons and other crowd control devices to restore order. Many schools have suspended classes in light of this unrest, and some have warned that they will cancel the remainder of the term if they cannot guarantee the safety and security of their students, faculty and property. For the most part, these protests have remained confined to university campuses and their immediate environs. However, some relatively smaller actions have taken place in city centers, and the longer the issue remains outstanding, the higher the likelihood that protests will increasingly spread off campus, as took place during the #FeesMustFall protests in 2015. The 2015 campaign concluded when President Jacob Zuma announced that fees would not increase in 2016. A similar concession is unlikely this year, however, as the fact that fees remained stagnant for 2016 put many universities in precarious funding positions. Therefore, a prolonged student protest campaign is a significant possibility.

As the security environment in any location can change unexpectedly, it is important to keep abreast of developments before, and during trips, abroad. Significant events that have the potential to affect travel -- such as demonstrations, strikes and public events -- can be announced or postponed with little to no notice. For example, on 30 August 2016 UnitedHealthcare Global warned travelers that opposition protests were expected in Tanzania on 1 September. However, opposition leaders subsequently announced a postponement of the nationwide rallies. UnitedHealthcare Global has the expertise and resources to monitor security developments around the world and alert businesses and individual travelers of noteworthy incidents. Contact us today to find out how we can help keep you or your employees safe while traveling abroad:
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Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) -- Tanzania’s main opposition party -- has declared 1 September “Defiance Day” to mark the beginning of “Operation Ukuta,” an initiative aimed at denouncing President John Magufuli’s allegedly dictatorial tendencies. CHADEMA plans to stage numerous anti-government rallies nationwide on 1 September, and intends to continue demonstrating throughout “Operation Ukuta,” the duration of which has not been determined. From a security standpoint, outbreaks of unrest at Defiance Day demonstrations are highly likely, as a protest ban is currently in place and security forces have stated that they will enforce the restriction. The likelihood that police officers will use forceful means to disperse protesters is very high. Disruptions to traffic and services around demonstration venues are also possible. Those who are in Tanzania should avoid all gatherings and venues where demonstrations may be taking place. They should also monitor local media for updated information on the protest plans.