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Global Kidnap Bulletin | Quarter 2 2021

Markus Korhonen 7 July 2021
7 July 2021    Markus Korhonen

Global Kidnap Bulletin | Q2 2021

In this quarter’s Global Kidnap Bulletin we look into the rapid increase in kidnappings in Haiti, analyse the growth of crime in the wake of ongoing mass protests in Colombia, look at how the increased range of pirates in the Gulf of Guinea is impacting operators in the region, discuss how travellers should approach relaxing legislation on personal freedoms in the Gulf states, and delve into the complex security crisis in Burkina Faso and how it impacts kidnap and terrorism risks.

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In this quarter’s Global Kidnap Bulletin we look into the rapid increase in kidnappings in Haiti, analyse the growth of crime in the wake of ongoing mass protests in Colombia, look at how the increased range of pirates in the Gulf of Guinea is impacting operators in the region, discuss how travellers should approach relaxing legislation on personal freedoms in the Gulf states, and delve into the complex security crisis in Burkina Faso and how it impacts kidnap and terrorism risks.

 

Gangs of Haiti

Gangs of Haiti: Crisis in the Caribbean

As the overall security environment in Haiti has deteriorated, kidnap for ransom incidents in Haiti have become increasingly common. A wide target profile for victims and limited political and judicial impetus to halt kidnapping gangs point to an escalating threat for all travellers to the country. Read the article

 

 

Insecurity in Colombia

Windows of opportunity: Criminals leverage insecurity in Colombia

Daily demonstrations since the 1 February military coup in Myanmar have led to a robust and violent security clampdown on protesters. The precarious security situation in the country presents dynamic threats to residents and foreign national in country alike. These threats necessitate that foreign nationals employ practical and specific measures to stay safe. Read the article

 

 

Gulf Pirates

Deeper waters

Pirates in the Gulf of Guinea have extended their operational range, and are now targeting ships as far as 220 nm offshore. Despite a new initiate by the Nigerian government to increase the operational capabilities of anti-piracy units in the Gulf, crew kidnapping will remain a concern for shipping operators. Read the article

 

 

Gulf States

Between laws and leeway: Travelling to the Gulf states

Some recently relaxed measures over personal freedoms and other legislative efforts to attract tourism and investment look to make travel to socially conservative countries in the Gulf easier. Travellers to the region should still retain awareness of social and cultural norms, and avoid actions that could land them in trouble with local communities or authorities. Read the article

 

 

Security in Burkina Faso

The security crisis in Burkina Faso: No easy fix

Recent high profile kidnappings and a major terror attack that killed at least 160 people in Burkina Faso are but the most recent manifestations of an unchecked insurgency in the Sahel. While local nationals will remain most likely to be impacted, foreign operators are also targets, and will require robust travel security arrangements. As recent cases have shown, even the presence of armed guards will not deter determined kidnappers. Read the article

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Markus Korhonen
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