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Jüdisches Leben und die NS-Zeit

Der Offenburger Salmen: Ort des demokratischen Aufbruchs und Symbol der NS-Verbrechen

Die Klasse 9b der Offenburger Erich-Kästner-Realschule in der Ausstellung zum jüdischen Leben und der NS-Zeit anlässlich des Holocaust-Gedenktages

75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Map of the Month 12/2023

Probably the most important document of the century turns 75: December 10, 2023 marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Initially drafted by Eleanor Roosevelt (USA) and Dr. Peng-chun Chang (China), representatives of 9 states came to encompass the Drafting Committee who worked on the 30 articles of the declaration which was ultimately voted upon in the UN General Assembly in 1948. The drafting states included: the Soviet Union (USSR), Australia, Chile, Lebanon, France, the United Kingdom and Canada. 48 states voted in favor of the text, 8 abstained (Soviet Union, Belarusian and Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Saudi Arabia, Union of South Africa) and 2 states did not vote. Important human rights mechanisms, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights or the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights were adopted in the following years. Currently, 9 international human rights treaties exist whose implementation is monitored by committees of independent experts. In 1993, the UDHR was again reaffirmed by a total of 171 state representatives as part of the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action (VDPA). The UN General Assembly with its 184 Member States endorsed the VDPA again on 20 December 1993, thereby reaffirming their support for the Universal Declaration. They also decided to establish the post of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Although human rights constituite one of the three pillars of the UN system alongside peace, security and development, 75 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) only receives a tiny part of the UN regular budget, only 4.3% and thus remains severely underfunded.

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo before the election

The Democratic Republic of Congo with its 100 million inhabitants votes in December - an opportunity and a challenge

On 20 December 2023, the people of Africa's second largest country, which has been ravaged by crises, mismanagement and war, will be called upon to take part in a mega-event: they will simultaneously elect the President of the Republic, the 500 members of the National Assembly, the representatives of the 26 provincial parliaments and, for the first time, the members of the municipal councils (city councils). President Félix Tshisekedi, the country's former beacon of hope, is standing for re-election. The presidential candidates all come from the well-known political class. However, the opposition candidates are primarily criticising the current government and the election process. Political parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are rarely guided by traditional ideological or democratic principles; they are often linked to tangible economic interests. In the past, there have been repeated cases of unrest after elections - in a country the size of Western Europe.

Taller “Comunas Inteligentes y Transparentes” reunió a los 32 municipios de La Araucanía

Encuentro fue organizado por la Fundación Chile Descentralizado, la Asociación de Municipalidades Región de La Araucanía y el apoyo de la Fundación Konrad Adenauer.

El taller se realizó en Temuco y permitió fortalecer capacidades e intercambiar experiencias con los responsables de Transparencia en las distintas municipalidades.


Tadeusz Mazowiecki. Pisma i dokumenty 1989-1990

W 10 rocznicę śmierci Premiera Tadeusza Mazowieckiego ukazała się przy wsparciu Fundacji Konrada Adenauera publikacja zawierająca pisma i zapisy rozmów oraz ważnych wystąpień i wywiadów z czasów jego urzędowania w dobie przełomu.

Trends im [Nicht-]Vertrauen 2023

Bericht über den Stand des Misstrauens in der Slowakei. Eine Studie von DEKK Institut.

Vertrauen ist kein abstraktes Konzept, sondern wirkt sich auf unser tägliches Leben und dessen Qualität aus. Geringes Vertrauen hat negative Auswirkungen auf die Wirtschaft und den Zustand unseres Geldbeutels, auf die Sicherheit auf den Straßen, auf Korruption und Vetternwirtschaft, auf die subjektive Lebenszufriedenheit, auf den Zusammenhalt der Gemeinschaft und nicht zuletzt auf unsere Fähigkeit, wirksam auf Krisen zu reagieren.

Army seizes power in Gabon

A military coup as a warrant of democracy and the rule of law?

Francophone West and Central Africa are in further turmoil. After five military coups in the last three years (Mali, Chad, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Niger), the military also took power in Gabon at the end of August 2023. Is this military coup in Gabon also a result of recent anti-democratic developments in sub-saharan Africa, or can it be seen in a different light?

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The Jordanian Paradox

Participation and control

Jordan wants to enable more political participation and strengthen parliamentarism. The legal course has been set. At the same time, the scope for critical expression of opinion is narrowing, most recently as a result of a new law to combat cybercrime. But the country's modernization can only succeed if the state has confidence in its citizens.

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“You don’t know what the future holds …”

Results of two representative trend surveys

The study shows changes in the political attitudes of the population between December 2022 and June 2023. How did satisfaction with democracy and trust in institutions develop? How optimistic are citizens about the future? How do attitudes differ between East and West Germany and between the various party supporters? How are party sympathies changing? The study explores these questions with the help of two representative surveys conducted six months apart.

Lanzamiento Premio mejores Gobernantes 2020-2023: evaluación por indicadores

El pasado viernes 18 de agosto de 2023 se realizó la entrega de resultados de evaluación por indicadores de fuente oficial del Gobierno Nacional en el marco del Premio Mejores Gobernantes 2020-2023, una iniciativa de Colombia Líder con apoyo de la Fundación Konrad Adenauer en Colombia (KAS), la Universidad del Rosario, La Fundación Telefónica Movistar, Fundación Bolívar Davivienda y la ANDI (Asociación Nacional de Industrias) visión 3030.