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Liberal International 1947 - 2017: Bureau marks 70th anniversary in Oxford
Tuesday 11 April 2017 22:04
On 10 April 2017, Liberals from around the world came together on the same spot at Wadham College, University of Oxford, where Liberal International was established 70 years ago this month. In 1947 Liberals from 19, mostly European, countries united in the aftermath of the horrors of World War Two to form our political federation and promote a world order based on liberal values; today, with over 100 members across 5 continents, our liberal movement is truly global. 

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70th-Anniversary Congress registration opens tomorrow - Saturday 1 April
Wednesday 29 March 2017 12:03
Registration opens tomorrow, Saturday 1st April, for Liberal International’s 70th-anniversary congress which, with the adoption of a new manifesto, promises to be an historic coming together of Liberal political parties from around the world to define and promote a vision for liberalism and meet the global challenges of the twenty-first century.

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Canada Foreign Minister Freeland delivers reality-check on female empowerment at G20
Friday 28 April 2017 05:04

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrysita Freeland, has championed female entrepreneurship during the Women20Summit panel, which took place as part of the G20 programme in Berlin, Germany this week. Alongside other high-ranking political figures including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US Presidential advisor Ivanka Trump, IMF Chief Christine Lagarde, Minister Freeland said that there is still much more work to be done to support women in business.

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LI President of Honour: Bulgaria's future cannot be served by far-right forces
Thursday 27 April 2017 16:04
LI President of Honour and ALDE Party president, Hans Van Baalen MEP, has called on the Bulgarian EPP Member Party GERB not to form a coalition with the extreme right-wing United Patriots (UP) following an early General Election.

 

 

 

 

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'DA president a likely scenario' for South Africa, says PoH Van Baalen
Thursday 27 April 2017 10:04
LI President of Honour and ALDE Party (LI cooperating organisation) President, Hans van Baalen MEP, was in South Africa last week, where met with Mmusi Maimane MP - the leader of LI full member, Democratic Alliance (South Africa) – who he tipped to replace ANC president Jacob Zuma in the 2019 presidential elections.

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LI president congratulates Macron on first round election triumph
Thursday 27 April 2017 10:04
“A victory for Europe, for liberal values and of course for France”, LI president, Dr Juli Minoves wrote earlier this week as news that French presidential hopeful, Emmanuel Macron, recorded the highest number of votes in the first round of voting for the French presidency.

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LI HRC member Phil Bennion reports from 136th IPU in Dhaka
Thursday 20 April 2017 17:04

Following his participation at the 136th Session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Dhaka (Bangladesh) on behalf of Liberal International, LI Human Rights Committee member, Phil Bennion (LIBG - LI full-member) has emphasised the importance of building a consistent liberal presence at each IPU meeting.

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LI President meets former Canadian Minister Hedy Fry MP in Vancouver
Thursday 20 April 2017 14:04
The President of Liberal International, Dr. Juli Minoves was in Vancouver, Canada where he participated at the 70th anniversary meeting of the Western Political Science Association (WPSA) with a paper presentation. He met with Canadian Liberal MP Hedy Fry with whom he reviewed the advancements of liberalism in Canada since the last election, the LI manifesto process and the joint work that LI and the Liberal Party of Canada can do to foster Human Rights in the world.

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Liberal leaders slam Erdogan amid criticism over referendum in Turkey
Thursday 20 April 2017 13:04

LI President of Honour, Hans Van Baalen MEP, has slammed President Erdogan's constitutional referendum win as a "moral defeat", adding to the international criticism of the the vote that concentrates greater power in the hands of President Erdogan.

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LI 70th Anniversary Congress to feature CALD Workshop on threats to liberalism
Thursday 13 April 2017 12:04

At this year’s historic 70th Anniversary LI Congress, the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD, LI cooperating organisation) is set to organize an interactive workshop on liberalism in times of post-truth politics and populism.

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Liberal leaders condemn Stockholm attack as cowardly
Thursday 13 April 2017 10:04

Following a truck attack which killed four people in the heart of Stockholm, LI President Dr. Juli Minoves has condemned the attack as cowardly.

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Chair of LI LGBT WG condemns Chechnya's homosexual concentration camps
Wednesday 12 April 2017 17:04

Following news that there have been mass killings and targetter represessions against LGBTI people in Chechnya, the Chairman of LI LGBTI Rights Working Group Frank Van Dalen has called for international condemnation of the barbaric actions of the Russian government. 

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LI Bureau after Bulgaria vote: Reject coalition with far-right political forces
Tuesday 11 April 2017 20:04
While marking the 70th anniversary of Liberal International, the LI Bureau of the world’s oldest political international evaluated the situation in Bulgaria in the aftermath of the early elections that took place on 26th of March. The Bureau congratulated its member Dhzevdet Chakarov for his re-election in the national Parliament and asked him to convey the congratulatory message to the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF, LI full member) president Musftafa Karadayi, the president of honour Ahmet Dogan and the party membership for the good result.

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LI condolences and strong condemnation over developments in Paraguay
Monday 3 April 2017 18:04
LI President Dr Juli Minoves has offered his condolences and strong condemnation following disturbing developments in Paraguay over the last weekend. He paid tribute to the young member of LI full member Partido Liberal Radical Autentico - PLRA, Rodrigo Quintana, who was killed by the national police in the party central headquarters in Asuncion.

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LI leadership: Venezuela must immediately restore rule of law
Saturday 1 April 2017 22:04

President Dr Juli Minoves and Vice President Eduardo Montealegre expressed Liberal International's deep concern at Venezuela’s Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate, for all practical purposes, the legislative power of the country’s National Assembly. They voiced a strong demand from the international liberal community for full respect of the Venezuelan Constitution and immediate restoration of the rule of law, including the returning of parliamentary immunity to all its democratically elected Members.

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Liberals secure European Parliament support over Philippines as Duterte lashes out
Thursday 30 March 2017 11:03
The hard-line president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has reacted with characteristic fury at the European Parliament’s decision to adopt an urgency resolution of the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in the country, embodied by the arrest of government critic Senator Leila de Lima of the Liberal Party of the Philippines (LP - LI full member).

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LI HRC forms strategies to fight violence against women at ALN GA
Wednesday 29 March 2017 20:03

As part of LI’s ongoing campaign to globalize the Istanbul Convention on Combatting and Preventing Violence against Women, the LI Human Rights Committee has held its first meeting on the fringes of an Africa Liberal Network (ALN, LI cooperating organisation) statutory event and taken the debate directly to a wide range of Africa's parliamentarians.

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LI will continue to support freedom in Zanzibar and Tanzania
Tuesday 28 March 2017 17:03
The Director of Foreign Affairs and International Relations of Tanzania’s Civic United Front (CUF - LI full member) and Member of Zanzibar's House of Representatives, Ismail Jussa, met with Secretary General Emil Kirjas last week to discuss continuous clampdown democracy, human rights and civil liberties in the East African nation. “Rest assured that we are going to continue our international pressure to hold the government in Dar es Salaam accountable for its actions until freedom prevails,” said Mr Kirjas after the meeting.

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Congress Registration set to open on 01 April
Thursday 23 March 2017 18:03
Hosted by LI full member Liberals d’Andorra in coordination with European Liberal Forum, the 70th Anniversary LI Congress registration will open its registration on Saturday, 1 April, and close on Thursday, 4 May. The 70th Anniversary Congress will mark a history with the culmination of the 2017 Liberal Manifesto process – a global reflection on liberalism in the twenty-first century.

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LI HRC Members Call for Badawi's Release in the Wake of Verdict's Confirmation
Wednesday 22 March 2017 16:03

As the news broke out that the Saudi authorities have confirmed the verdict against the jailed Saudi liberal blogger, Raif Badawi, LI HRC Members Abir Al-Sahlani and Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP have released a statement calling for his immediate release.

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VP El Haite offers debriefing of the COP 22 at Conference in Dakhla
Tuesday 21 March 2017 19:03
LI Vice President on the Bureau Hakima El Haite, Minister in charge of Environment of Morocco, continues her international mission to raise awareness of the importance of climate action, in follow-up to the 197th LI Executive Committee which took place in conjunction with the Climate Change Summit COP22 in Marrakech, where liberals confirmed their commitment to the Paris Climate Accords.

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LI and INLW Debate Women's Economic Empowerment at UNCSW
Tuesday 21 March 2017 18:03

Liberal Internaitonal (LI) and the International Network of Liberal Women (INLW) have joined forces for a fourth year in a row in order to project a common liberal voice on women's rights at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York.

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LI Calls for Democracy and Rule of Law in the DRC at UNHRC
Tuesday 21 March 2017 17:03

In a written statement submitted to the 34th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), LI has called for the world's attention to the urgent need for political reconciliation and restoration of the rule of law and democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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LI HRC Chair Markus Loening calls for the release of Yabloko Activist Kiril Bobro
Friday 17 March 2017 14:03

In a statement issued excusively for LI, Chair of LI Human Rights Committee and Vice-President on LI Bureau Markus Loening has called for the immediate release of the leader of the Youth Yabloko branch in Stavropol (South Russia) Kiril Bobro.

 

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Liberals Strengthen Bonds Across the Atlantic
Friday 17 March 2017 10:03

As Liberal International celebrates its 70th-anniversary this year it has had the pleasure to welcome a delegation of parliamentarians from the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC, LI full-member) to its headquarters in London for meetings led by LI Secretary General Emil Kirjas and LI Vice-President Robert Woodthorpe Browne MBE, with Liberal Democrats (LibDems, LI full-member) President Baroness Sal Brinton, Foreign Affairs Spokesman Tom Brake and Home Affairs spokesman Lord Brian Paddick.

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Huge Election Victory for Dutch Liberals as Populists Fail to Breakthrough
Thursday 16 March 2017 13:03

Dutch Liberals VVD and D66 (LI full members) delivered a huge blow to the march of populism across Europe as the VVD, the party of prime minister Mark Rutte, topped the polls this week for a 3rd consecutive election, while D66 finished joint-third with 19 seats.

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LI Slams Putin at UNHRC Over Domestic Violence Decriminalization
Thursday 16 March 2017 13:03

Addressing members of the United Nations Human Rights Council on behalf of Liberal International, LI Human Rights Committee Member Phil Bennion (Liberal International British Group, LI full-member) has slammed President Putin for decriminalizing domestic violence and violence against women.

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Tijana Mladic Joins the LI secretariat Team Ahead of 70th Anniversary Congress
Wednesday 15 March 2017 18:03

With Liberal International’s 70th Congress fast approaching, the secretariat is pleased to announce a new addition to the LI Secretariat team in London, Tijana Mladic. Tijana, who joins Liberal International from Montenegro, will be working at LI Headquarters for the coming four months as an assistant in the preparation for the upcoming Andorra Congress.

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LI panel to focus on economic empowerment of women at 61st UNCSW
Friday 10 March 2017 09:03

Liberal International and the International Network of Liberal Women (INLW - LI full-member), have teamed up to project a common liberal voice on the issue of promotion and advancement of women's rights at the upcoming session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW).

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Liberals commemorate International Women's Day
Wednesday 8 March 2017 16:03

Liberals around the world have commemorated International Women's Day (8 March) by highlighting some of the most pressing challenges women continue to face because of their gender.

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