Perpetual Traveller Political Security Watch - Week 20

Perpetual Traveller Political Security Watch - Week 20

The most dangerous place is where you are right now, so if Government and Political Turmoil conflicts with your travel plans you may be caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. As such, Perpetual Traveller will review the Political landscape each week to give it's readers the heads up.

Here is Week 20:

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Expect heightened security, avoid vicinity of rally by Turkish president on 20 May
On 20 May expect heightened security and plan routes avoiding a rally led by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan is leading the rally as part of his overseas campaigning for the 4 June Turkish general elections. He will be speaking at a convention of the European Turkish Democrats at Juan Antonio Samaranch Olympic Hall, where he will also address Bosnian Muslim (Bosniak) groups. The event is expected to last until after Erdogan breaks fast for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at around 20.10 (local time).

Burundi: UPDATE Continue to exercise caution ahead of results of constitutional referendum
Essential travel to Burundi should continue to monitor developments and exercise caution following the 17 May referendum on controversial constitutional amendments. The vote passed off largely without incident; however, there remains a credible risk of unrest around the results, which are due to be announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) on 19 May. The opposition has rejected the amendments and numerous activists have been detained since the launch of an unofficial government mobilisation campaign in December 2017.

Côte d'Ivoire: Addition of information on political rallies ahead of local elections 

Local elections are scheduled to take place late in 2018. The dates have not been announced, but political rallies are likely to become more frequent during the course of the year. In the event of unrest, monitor local media and follow instructions given by local police and security personnel.

East Timor: UPDATE Heightened security following parliamentary elections
Expect heightened security following the release of the results of the 12 May parliamentary election. Voting took place without major incident. The Change for Progress Alliance (AMP) opposition coalition, led by former prime minister Xanana Gusmao (2007-15), won, securing 34 out of 65 parliamentary seats. Isolated incidents of unrest, which previously occurred during the campaign period, are still possible in the coming days. Members should confirm the status of routes prior to setting out and avoid all political gatherings.

Venezuela: Avoid all political gatherings in lead-up to, during and after elections on 20 May
Only consider essential travel to Venezuela in the coming weeks and avoid all political gatherings and the vicinity of polling stations ahead of and during nationwide presidential, legislative, and municipal elections on 20 May. The National Electoral Commission has said that voting will take place at 14,600 polling centres across the country on the day. Several planned demonstrations by the opposition are likely in the lead-up to and in the aftermath of the vote. However, impromptu, isolated disturbances are also possible, and heightened tensions during polls may result in sporadic incidents of localised unrest, particularly in the vicinity of government buildings and polling stations.