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>
Shortly before Sea Watch 4 set out on its first search-and-rescue mission, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), gave the crew members a send-off with a travelling blessing.
The Bishops’ Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (VELKD) has reacted with concern to Israeli government’s announced intention to annex parts of the West Bank. They fear that this step will further exacerbate the political conflict situation in the Holy Land.