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LI Medal of Liberalism Awarded to Luxembourg PM Bettel
Wednesday 22 June 2016 16:06
Recognising the long-standing commitment of Luxembourg’s Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, to the promotion and development of liberal values nationally and worldwide a delegation from Liberal International, led by LI President Dr. Juli Minoves, has presented Prime Minister Bettel with LI’s Medal of Liberalism. "At this important occasion I want to emphasise that for us liberals the economy has importance but in first place are human beings,” said Luxembourg's liberal leader.

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Liberals respond to UK’s historic vote to leave the EU
Friday 24 June 2016 12:06
In an historic referendum on the country’s membership of the European Union, a majority of people in the United Kingdom have voted to leave the Union.

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Liberals express deep concern for attacks ahead of Georgian elections
Thursday 23 June 2016 18:06
Assembling in Strasbourg for this summer’s plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, liberals discussed issues related to security in Eastern Europe.

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“Stand together against violence and hatred”, says LI HRC member Kyuchyuk
Thursday 23 June 2016 11:06
“The Liberal International Human Rights Committee has proven to be a leading and sustainable liberal instrument that promotes and advocates women’s rights, LGBTI rights, freedom of believe and responsibility to protect doctrine worldwide,” said Ilhan Kyuchuk MEP, ALDE Party Vice President and member of the LI HRC during his visit to the LI Secretariat in London.

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'Building a coalition for freedom' - LI Human Rights report released
Thursday 16 June 2016 18:06
The LI Human Rights Committee has released its annual report highlighting some of its key achievements and major events for calendar year 2015.

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VP Löning backs EU-Georgia visa-free travel
Thursday 16 June 2016 15:06
“Georgia should be granted visa-free travel” was the unequivocal conclusion of senior FDP (Germany - LI full member) politicians after a meeting with the president of the Georgian parliament, David Usupashvili in Berlin last week. 

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Human Rights chair Löning addresses inaugural Boris Nemtsov award ceremony
Thursday 16 June 2016 15:06

Delivering the inaugural Boris Nemtsov Award ceremony's keynote speech, LI Vice President on the bureau and Chair of LI Human Rights Committee, Markus Löning, commended the recipient, Lew Schlossberg, one of the most prominent Russian opposition journalists and founder of LI member party Yabloko, for his steadfast commitment to the struggle for democracy in Russia.

 

 

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LI President: 'Orlando‬ doubles our determination to fight prejudice'
Thursday 16 June 2016 12:06
Expressing the sympathy of the global liberal family, LI President Dr. Juli Minoves, has vowed that Liberal International and its LGBTI working group, led by Chairman Frank van Dalen, will double in its determination to fight prejudice in the wake of the massacre of 50 people at the gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, this week.

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VP Montealegre warns of coup d'etat in Nicaragua
Friday 10 June 2016 11:06
The global liberal family is appalled that the authoritarian Sandinista National Liberation Front regime of Daniel Ortega has used the Supreme Court as its weapon to rob the official opposition - LI full member Partido Liberal Independiente (PLI) led by LI Vice-President on the Bureau Eduardo Montealegre - of its legal status as a political party ahead of presidential elections in the Central American country later this year.

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ALDE Party Council welcomes new members; adopts policies on top European challenges
Thursday 9 June 2016 18:06
Just three weeks after Liberal International held its 196th Executive Committee meeting in collaboration with hosts, Republican Party of Georgia (RPG – LI full member), on the frontier of Europe, in Tbilisi, Georgia, LI President Dr. Juli Minoves was in Vilnius, Lithuania, last weekend for the ALDE Party (LI cooperating organisation) council meeting, where visa liberalisation between Georgia and the rest of Europe was also on the agenda.

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Liberals fight elections in Mexico and Romania
Thursday 9 June 2016 18:06
Encouraging news from both sides of the Atlantic this week as liberals in Mexico and Romania contested state and local elections respectively.

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7th ALDE-CALD forum discusses regional cooperation between Asia and EU
Thursday 9 June 2016 16:06

In his capacity as ALDE Party (LI cooperating organisation) President, LI President of Honour Hans van Baalen MEP welcomed a large delegation from liberal parties in Asia to the European Parliament last week, as the 7th ALDE-CALD meeting convened with the aim of strengthening relations between liberals from the global East and West. The biennial meeting, which offers a forum for political engagement between two of LI’s regional organisations, was organised with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (LI Cooperating Organisation).


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VP Falkner chairs Brexit debate two weeks ahead of crucial referendum
Thursday 9 June 2016 16:06
With exactly two weeks remaining until the United Kingdom (UK) will determine the future of its relationship with the European Union (EU), in a referendum that could have a significant impact accross other EU member states, LI vice-president, Baroness Kishwer Falkner, has made the case for continuing the UK’s membership in a panel debate organised by the International Office of the Liberal Democrats (LI full member).

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LI advances NDI #NotTheCost call to action before UNHRC
Thursday 9 June 2016 15:06

As part of its support for the National Democratic Institute's (NDI - LI cooperating organisation) #NotTheCost Campaign on ending violence against women in politics, Liberal International has taken the cause before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

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Canadian Liberals echo 'real change in action'
Friday 3 June 2016 11:06
The Canadian Liberals have met for their first biennial convention since the October 2015 election landslide, which saw Liberal Party of Canada (LPC – LI full member) emerge with a majority government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Fighting back for freedom: Former political prisoners to take the stage at annual LI HRC meeting
Friday 3 June 2016 09:06

Under the theme Imprisoned for Thinking, the Liberal International Human Rights Committee's (LI HRC) 4th annual meeting at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland is set to feature debates around freedom of expresson, assembly and thought drawing attention to some of the most grusome violations of these basic human rights around the world.

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LI VP Markus Löning calls for better cooperation with Turkey over Syrian crisis
Thursday 2 June 2016 18:06

LI Vice-President Markus Loening (FDP - LI full-member), has questioned the timing of the German Bundestag's passing of a resolution on the Armenian genocide at a time when cooperation with the Turkish government is needed to address the war in Syria and alleviate the suffering of 3 million refugees, in a statement published by the German media.

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LI President takes EC security outcomes to Middle East conference in Doha
Thursday 2 June 2016 16:06
At the invitation of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Liberal International President, Dr. Juli Minoves, has participated in the annual ‘Enriching the Middle East Conference’ in Doha, Qatar organised by UCLA's Center for Middle East Development. Dr. Minoves intervened in panels relating to the security-centred themes debated during LI’s 196th Executive Committee meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia, a fortnight ago.

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EC delegates consider potential of Iran Agreement
Friday 27 May 2016 13:05

At the EC delegates from all LI member parties convened to discuss the state of play on international security - including the implications of the recent international deal with Iran and whether it constitutes a chance or a danger to security in an increasingly unstable world.

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EC Theme Conference discusses global security reform
Friday 27 May 2016 13:05
At the main Conference panel of LI’s 196th Executive Committee in Georgia, titled ‘Countering expansionism and revisionism of global security mechanisms’, key speakers invited delegates to discuss how a liberal-centred approach based on ‪‎freedom and openness can deliver robust regional ‪security.

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Cyber-security is one of main international challenges, concludes EC
Friday 27 May 2016 13:05
Discussing various aspects of the theme 'Safeguarding Freedom and Security' delegates at the Executive Committee Meeting in Georgia concluded that the rise in online crime and state-orchestrated infringements of privacy are one of the key challenges for international security in the 21st century.

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EC observes Russia's Creeping Occupation of Georgia
Friday 27 May 2016 12:05

As part of LI's 196th Executive Committee Meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia, LI President Dr Juli Minoves led a sizeable delegation on a field visit to inspect the Line of Occupation, for the international community to observe first-hand the creeping annexation of Georgian territory by Russia.

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Executive Committee confirms new Human Rights Committee
Friday 27 May 2016 12:05
From 20 to 22 May the Republican Party of Georgia (LI full member) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (LI Cooperating Organisation) welcomed liberals from around the world to Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, to discuss the increasingly central theme of ‘Safeguarding Freedom and Security’ - as well as to confirm the mandate of the members of LI’s increasingly important Human Rights Committee.

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Delegates discuss importance of freedom of belief to counter Daesh
Friday 27 May 2016 11:05
Under the theme of ‘Safeguarding Freedom and Security’, liberals present at the 196th Executive Committee Meeting in Tbilisi discussed various aspects of international security – including the need to promote the Freedom of Belief and to protect regional and international stability from the threat posed by Daesh.

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LI Delegation discusses regression of democracy in Turkey
Thursday 26 May 2016 18:05
Directly following the Executive Committee Meeting in Georgia, a delegation of the LI Bureau visited Istanbul. In direct conversations with various representatives of civil society the delegation discussed how receding press freedoms, the mounting numbers of refugees and the slowly dissipating separation of power accumulates to the overall regression of democracy in Turkey.

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Touch hearts to change minds and policies, says LI SG at IDAHO Forum
Friday 13 May 2016 11:05
Ellen Trane Nørby, the Danish Minister for Children, Education and Gender Equality from Venstre (LI full member) hosted this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – IDAHO Forum 2016 in Copenhagen, gathering a number of European ministers, politicians and representatives from various organisations and institutions. “IDAHO Forum 2016 is an important part of the struggle to break down the taboos regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, to stop discrimination and harassment and to strengthen cooperation across Europe,” said the Minister at the opening.

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LI EC goes digital - get online and stay updated
Friday 13 May 2016 10:05

LI’s 196th Executive Committee meeting will be more accessible than ever before with the launch of a tailored EC App, which includes details about the programme, speakers, and event locations. Stay up to date and read on to find out how to download it to your smartphone or tablet now.


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Georgian Minister of Defence invites EC participants to witness occupation line
Thursday 12 May 2016 19:05
In the same week it was announced that a joint US-UK-Georgia military exercise will take place – with the US shipping tanks across the Black Sea for the first time – the Georgian Minister of Defence, Hon. Tinatin Khidasheli (RPG - LI full member) will host LI Executive Committee delegates for a study mission to the Russian line of occupation, among a series of culture and political visits that form part of the EC programme.


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LI Secretary General meets liberals from Argentina and Honduras
Friday 6 May 2016 01:05
Eliminating corruption, fighting populist economic policies and transparent governance are common commitments of the liberals from central and south America. That was concluded during a meeting of liberal parliamentarians from Argentina and Honduras who met in the presence of LI Secretary General Emil Kirjas at the Buenos Aires office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (LI cooperating organisation).

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LI VP Markus Löning addresses FNF panel on human rights in Crimea
Thursday 5 May 2016 15:05

At the invitation of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF - LI cooperating organisation), LI Vice-President on the Bureau Markus Löning, has travelled to Kiev where, during a a panel discussion on the human rights situation in Crimea, Donbass and Luhansk, he called for an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation. 

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