Philippines Remains Southeast Asia’s Kidnapping Hotspot – Report

Philippines Remains Southeast Asia’s Kidnapping Hotspot – Report
From NYA International

In the recent findings from NYA International, 11 countries have severe kidnapping problems.


Published in their 2016 report, NYA International has released the names of the countries with mild to severe cases of kidnapping all over the world.

Mentioned at the top 11 countries with serious kidnapping threats are Afghanistan, CAR, DRC, Iraq, Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. These countries experience kidnap for random reasons, and though foreign nationals remain a target, locals are still more likely to be kidnapped, according to the report.

Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya and Lebanon are among the 11 countries that moved from “medium to high threat” from 2015 to 2016. Colombia, however, entered a more optimistic level, as “continuing peace talks with the FARC demonstrate mediation can alleviate once severe kidnap threat.”

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In Southeast Asia, severe threats of piracy are present in the Malacca Straits. The water of the South China Sea, south of Brunei and off the well-to-do Singapore are noted with repeated hijacking and attacks on smaller vessels.

The Philippines, because of the presence of terrorist groups, Abu Sayyaf and the New People’s Army, remain the top hotspot for kidnapping, according to the report.

“Asia accounted for 40% of kidnap incidents, Africa 34%, the Americas 14%, the Middle East 10%. Europe and the CIS accounted for 2%,” the report further goes on saying.

Managing Director of NYA, Alex Kemp, said, “NYA’s 2016 Kidnap and Piracy map shows some of the security threats that organisations face as they operate globally. We advise organisations to be fully informed about the threats, put appropriate mitigation measures in place, provide security training for their staff, and ensure that the organisation is prepared to response to incidents of this nature, if they occur. Good security risk and crisis management helps protect human lives, and safeguard the organisation’s operations and reputation.”

See the graph of the worldwide report here.

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