In an interview with DW, Tobias Pflüger, chairman of the German-South Asian parliamentary group, says that Berlin can mediate the Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan.
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Reporters in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are seeing an increase in arrests, threats and official censorship. Experts say the COVID pandemic has helped fuel that trend, especially in India.
The pandemic has resulted in reports of domestic violence and mental distress among LGBT+ people. Restrictions have made it more difficult to find partners because of virus fears and as many return to their family homes.
Countries in South Asia are watching out for a potentially more infectious coronavirus variant crossing the border from India. COVID-19 case numbers are currently rising in several countries.
Experts have said that negative publicity combined with a shortage of vaccines are keeping people from getting inoculated. The country has vaccinated just 0.8% of its total population.
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