9 July 2011 saw the official founding of the new, and so far youngest state worldwide, South Sudan. The people in South Sudan celebrated this event with great enthusiasm. Leading up to it were decades of armed struggle within Sudan to achieve the autonomy or independence of the South.</span>
After the latest escalation of violence in Myanmar with over 500 dead, the Chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, sent a letter of solidarity to the Myanmar Church Council today and supported its appeal for peace.
298 people are currently in political detention in Belarus. The Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) would like to draw attention to these individuals and their fates, and appeals for volunteers to write letters to the political prisoners in Belarus.</span>
Since15 December 2020, Ihar Losik, a 28-year-old blogger from Belarus, has been in prison on a hunger strike. On 25 June 2020 he was arbitrarily detained on spurious charges because he was advocating for freedom of opinion and the press, for democracy and free elections in his country. </span>
For the first time since the new European Commission took office, European religious leaders met for an exchange of views today on the invitation of Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas. </span>
After the death of over 90 refugees who, within 24 hours, drowned in sea accidents off the Libyan coast, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), has expressed his dismay at the situation in the Mediterranean.</span>