The Situation of Christians in Central and South Asia

Christians overall in South and Central Asia belong to a small minority, whose number lies nearly exclusively in the one figure percentage. Even if there may be not many Christians in South- and Central Asia, there are many different denominations. Freedom of religion is mentioned in all constitutions of the twelve Central and South Asia states. Christians are being attacked violently time and again in some countries of South Asia. But such persecutions are mainly conducted by nationalistic or religious extremists, less from the state itself.

The Situation of Christians in North East Asia and South East Asia

The situation of Christians in a specific country is closely connected to the way in which active and passive religious freedom is allowed. The freedom of religion in itself does not only express the degree of a guaranteed rule of law but also indicates the cultural tolerance within the country. However, another decisive factor is the engagement of religious communities and the attitude of religious leaders for a religion to be acknowledged in society.

The Situation of Christians in Sub-Saharan Africa

Christian communities in Africa do not need to worry about declining membership and empty churches. On the contrary, membership of churches is rocketing. As a result Christianity in the African continent is as diverse as anywhere in the world. Although religious freedom is enshrined in the constitutions of most countries and Muslims and Christians do live peacefully together, there is also evidence in Africa of growing restrictions on religious freedom and targeted persecution of Christians.

The Situation of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East and North Africa are the cradle of not only Christianity but also of two other great religions, Judaism and Islam. Despite a mutual origin, pressure is building up on the Christians in this region. The Christian community, although well acquainted with its minority situation in the eventful history of the Orient, is increasingly losing faith in a future that guarantees them a secure existence.

Between Paradise and Prison – Senegalese Migrants and the Response of the European Union

It has become an everyday occurrence to see boats full of African migrants being met by coast guards. The two affected countries, Italy and Spain, are asking other EU states to show their support by taking in some of these African refugees. In order to avoid uncontrolled and unsustainable migration to Europe and to promote the development of human resources in Africa, it is crucial to strengthen the European-African partnership. Senegal is playing a key role in this process.

Brazil’s Place in the Post-Crisis New Global Economic Order

The global economic crisis which came to a head in September 2008 has left the global economy in an unprecedented situation. The leading industrial nations which caused the crisis and which are at its heart have felt its effects much more strongly than many emerging nations. Brazil is taking an increasingly important role in the discussions about a new global financial and monetary system. Its influence among developing countries is also likely to keep growing.


The pictures from Tahrir Square in Cairo and Avenue Bourguiba in Tunis which heralded the start of a new political and social era may have been stirring and euphoric, but it is clear that there is now a long journey ahead. Hopefully it will be a successful one. For sure it will be a hard journey and there are could be setbacks along the way. Germany and Europe as a whole have every reason and also a duty to accompany and support both countries along this path.

Museveni’s Uganda: Eternal Subscription for Power?

Parliamentary and presidential elections took place in Uganda in February – the second elections under the relatively new democratic system. Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1986, was re-elected president with a two-thirds majority, so his term of office can now extend to 30 years. By and large the elections went off in a peaceful fashion. The initial reaction of the opposition parties was to blame the ruling party’s manipulation of the voting for their poor showing.

The Arab Youth and the Dawn of Democracy

The political upheavals which have been experienced by so many Arab nations over the past few months are due to the political mobilisation of large sections of the countries’ youth. In political terms this is hugely significant, as Egypt and Tunisia are not the only countries where over half the population is under 30 years of age. Most of the youthful demonstrators clearly came from the ranks of the middle classes, who had been suffering from the effects of the financial crisis.

The Internet Policy in France and the Role of the Independent Administrative Authority CNIL

The Internet is playing an increasingly important role in Western societies and it raises many questions for governments and businesses. The specific action of the State for the establishment of more or less developed mechanisms for monitoring the internet must be conducted with respect for the privacy of individuals. On all these issues, the CNIL-Commission is leading the effort for the development of the Internet with respect for the rights and freedoms of individuals.

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