Government > Political pressure groups and leaders > Other: Countries Compared

Afghanistan religious groups; tribal leaders; ethnically based groups; Taliban
Argentina business organizations; Peronist-dominated labor movement; Piquetero groups (popular protest organizations that can be either pro or anti-government); students
Aruba environmental groups
Australia business groups; environmental groups; social groups; trade unions
Austria three composite leagues of the Austrian People's Party or OeVP representing business, labor, farmers, and other nongovernment organizations in the areas of environment and human rights
Bahrain several small leftist and other groups are active
Bangladesh environmentalists; Islamist groups; religious leaders; teachers; union leaders
Belgium numerous other associations representing bankers, manufacturers, middle-class artisans, and the legal and medical professions; various organizations represent the cultural interests of Flanders and Wallonia; various peace groups such as Pax Christi and groups representing immigrants
Benin economic groups; environmentalists; political groups; teachers' unions and other educational groups
Bhutan Buddhist clergy; ethnic Nepalese organizations leading militant antigovernment campaign; Indian merchant community
Bolivia Cocalero groups; indigenous organizations (including Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of Eastern Bolivia or CIDOB and National Council of Ayullus and Markas of Quollasuyu or CONAMAQ); labor unions (including the Central Bolivian Workers' Union or COB and Cooperative Miners Federation or FENCOMIN)
Bosnia and Herzegovina war veterans; displaced persons associations; family associations of missing persons; private media
Botswana diamond mining companies
Brazil labor unions and federations; large farmers' associations; religious groups including evangelical Christian churches and the Catholic Church
British Virgin Islands environmentalists
Bulgaria numerous regional, ethnic, and national interest groups with various agendas
Burkina Faso watchdog/political action groups throughout the country in both organizations and communities
Burma several Shan factions
Burundi Hutu and Tutsi militias (loosely organized)
Cambodia human rights organizations; vendors
Canada agricultural sector; automobile industry; business groups; chemical industry; commercial banks; communications sector; energy industry; environmentalists; public administration groups; steel industry; trade unions
Cape Verde environmentalists; political pressure groups
Cayman Islands environmentalists
Chile revitalized university student federations at all major universities
Comoros environmentalists
Cook Islands various groups lobbying for political change
Croatia human rights groups
Denmark humanitarian relief; development assistance; human rights NGOs
Faroe Islands conservationists
Georgia Georgian independent deputies from Abkhaz government in exile; separatists in the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia
Germany business associations and employers' organizations; religious, trade unions, immigrant, expellee, and veterans groups
Greenland conservationists; environmentalists
Guam activists; indigenous groups
India numerous religious or militant/chauvinistic organizations; various separatist groups seeking greater communal and/or regional autonomy
Japan business groups; trade unions
Kenya labor unions
Kuwait Islamists; merchants; political groups; secular liberals and pro-governmental deputies; Shia activists; tribal groups
Lebanon note - most sects retain militias and a number of militant groups operate in Palestinian refugee camps
Liberia demobilized former military officers
Libya -
Malaysia religious groups; women's groups; youth groups
Maldives various unregistered political parties
Mali the army; Islamic authorities; rebels in the northern region; state-run cotton company CMDT; tuaregs
Malta environmentalists
Mauritania Arab nationalists; Ba'thists; Islamists
Mauritius various labor unions
Mongolia human rights groups; women's groups
Nepal several small armed Madhesi groups along the southern border with India; a variety of groups advocating regional autonomy for individual ethnic groups
New Zealand apartheid groups; civil rights groups; farmers groups; Maori; nuclear weapons groups; women's rights groups
Norway environmental groups; media; reform movements
Pakistan military (most important political force); ulema (clergy); landowners; industrialists; small merchants
Romania various human rights and professional associations
Russia ecology groups; human rights groups; nationalist pragmatists (no foreign influence over Central Eurasia); neo-Eurasianists (against Western influence for the area); religious groups; westernizers (lean towards the West)
Saint Helena private sector; unions
Sao Tome and Principe the media
Saudi Arabia gas companies; religious groups
Senegal labor; students; Sufi brotherhoods, including the Mourides and Tidjanes; teachers
Seychelles trade unions
Sierra Leone student unions; trade unions
Singapore investment companies; news organizations
Slovenia Catholic Church
Somalia numerous clan and sub-clan factions exist both in support and in opposition to the transitional government
Spain business and landowning interests; Catholic Church; free labor unions (authorized in April 1977); university students
Sri Lanka Buddhist clergy; labor unions; radical chauvinist Sinhalese groups such as the National Movement Against Terrorism; Sinhalese Buddhist lay groups
Sweden media
Taiwan environmental groups; independence movement; various business groups
Tajikistan splinter parties recognized by the government but not by the base of the party; unregistered political parties
The Bahamas trade unions
The Gambia special needs group advocates; teachers and principals
Uruguay Catholic Church; students
Yemen conservative tribal groups; Huthis, southern secessionist groups; al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)


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