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Liberal Manifesto 2017 - adopted and signed!
Friday 26 May 2017 11:05
Liberals from all continents assembled in Andorra in May 2017 and made history! After three years of inspiring reflections, consultations, discussions and debates, the Congress marking the 70th Anniversary of Liberal International adopted a visionary Liberal Manifesto 2017, building on the founding principled laid in the Oxford Manifesto from 1947.

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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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Sam Rainsy's travel ban lifted but safe return not guaranteed
Wednesday 21 June 2017 10:06
The former leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP – LI full member), Sam Rainsy, has had his travel ban lifted this week – a token act described as “not a serious advance” by Mr Sam, amid concerns prime minister Hun Sen plans to arrest the democracy icon ahead of the 2018 national elections in Cambodia.

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Promoting Tolerance Program inspires advancement of democracy and civil society
Friday 16 June 2017 11:06

In the presence of many prominent liberals from Central and Eastern Europe, the Promoting Tolerance Programme ran jointly by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of communist regimes in Eastern Europe, has celebrated its 25th Anniversary in Berlin. On the occassion, Emil Kirjas, LI Secretary General and alumni of the Programme, shared his experiences and enthusiasm for fighting discrimination, racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.

 

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LI HRC Chair Markus Löning addresses democratic governance forum in Bangkok
Friday 16 June 2017 10:06
In a keynote speech at a Forum on Democratic Governance organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Bangkok, Chair of LI's Human Rights Committee Markus Loening has spoken of the importance of civil society in a vibrant democracy. 

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Promoting Tolerance Program inspires advancing democracy and civil society
Friday 16 June 2017 06:06
In presence of many prominent liberals from Central and Eastern Europe, the Promoting Tolerance Programme ran jointly by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of communist regimes in Eastern Europe, celebrated its 25th Anniversary in Berlin. Emil Kirjas, LI Secretary General and alumni of the Programme Program, shared at the event in Germany his experiences and enthusiasm for fighting discrimination, racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.

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LI President of Honour Lord Alderdice recieves honourary degree from Queen's University
Thursday 15 June 2017 17:06

LI President of Honour Lord John Alderdice has been recognized with an honorary degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario for his peace building efforts in Northern Ireland and around the world.

 

 

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LI HRC Slams President Duterte at UNHRC over extra-judicial war on drugs
Wednesday 7 June 2017 17:06
In line with its firm position against President Duterte's extra-judicial war on drugs in the Philippines, Liberal International has called on the United Nations to set up an independent international commission of inquiry into the alleged extra-judicial killings in the country in order to determine responsibility and ensure mechanisms for accountability.

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LI LGBTI WG Chair Calls on the Mayor of Sofia to Protect the LGBTI Community
Wednesday 7 June 2017 10:06
Chair of LI LGBTI Working Group Frank Van Dalen has called on the Mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, to protect the rights of the LGBTI community in light of the news that Sofia Pride is in danger. The statement was prompted after a number of different anti-LGBTI incidents in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, which as it has recently emerged has allowed a so-called "clean up" action by the ultra nationalist group "National Resistance" on the same day and place as the annual Gay Pride in the city. 

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LI President writes to Emmanuel Macron, President of France and Co-Prince of Andorra
Friday 26 May 2017 17:05
During the 70th Anniversary Congress, LI President Dr. Juli Minoves-Triquell addressed a letter to the newly elected President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron. “More than two hundred delegates from eighty liberal parties from around the world and I are celebrating your election,” says the LI leader in the letter to President Macron, who is also Co-Prince of Dr Minoves’ native Principality of Andorra.

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Congress: Presidential statements on Bulgaria, Taiwan and Checnya (Russia)
Friday 26 May 2017 16:05
At the closing of the Congress, after discussion with the delegates present at the general assembly of Liberal International, President Dr. Juli Minoves-Triquell, issued presidential statements with regards to the most recent developments related to Bulgaria, Taiwan and Checnya (Russia):

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70th Anniversary Congress through photos and videos
Friday 26 May 2017 13:05
The Congress that celebrated the 70th Anniversary of Liberal International was a grand display of unity among liberals across the globe in the wake of the rising challenges and offered fresh impetus towards achieving a dominant place on the political scene. Various interactive sessions and open debates led tothe adoption of the key document - the Liberal Manifesto 2017. Through photos and videos, this is how the Congress evolved:

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Liberals tackle today's toughest political challenges during congress panels
Friday 26 May 2017 12:05
From migration to helping liberals win, 200 delegates from 56 countries participating in Liberal International’s 70th-anniversary congress tackled some of the greatest political issues facing members of the international liberal family – below follows a recap and just some of the outcomes…

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Congress appoints new leadership, welcomes new member parties, and defines political priorities
Friday 26 May 2017 09:05
A new bureau to steer the direction of liberalism globally, 15 member parties from 3 continents upgrading or joining the global liberal family, and important policy documents to define its priorities – the 70th anniversary congress of liberal international saw many important political decisions taken.

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DA Leader Maimane to attend treason trial of Zambian Opposition Leader Hakainde Hichilema
Thursday 25 May 2017 13:05

Mmusi Maimane, the leader of South Africa's main opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA - LI full member), is to attend the treason trial of Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, the detained President of Zambia’s largest opposition party – the United Party for National Development (UPND) - in Lusaka, Zambia.

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LI HRC Releases 8th Edition of Human Rights Bulletin focusing on RtoP
Tuesday 16 May 2017 17:05
The LI Human Rights Committee has released the 8th Edition of its Human Rights Bulletin looking into the challenges before the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) principle 10 years since its inception.

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LI Human Rights Committee Publishes 2016 Annual Report
Tuesday 16 May 2017 15:05
Throughout the calendar year 2016, the Liberal International Human Rights Committee (LI HRC) took the lead on a number of issues not least on ending violence against women in politics and promoting freedom of belief. It is in this spirit that the LI Human Rights Committee has published its annual 2016 Report reminding its membership and partners of the work done by liberals to fight for human rights globally.

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Countdown to Congress: here's what awaits in Andorra
Friday 12 May 2017 10:05
With delegates coming from every continent to network, share best practice, and adopt a liberal manifesto for the twenty-first century, Liberal International’s 70th-anniversary Congress in Andorra will send a message of strength and determination from liberals worldwide: we have a clear, common vision for our planet and for humanity.

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LI VP Loening hails German Liberals' election victory as historic ahead of general election
Thursday 11 May 2017 15:05
LI Vice-President on the Bureau, Markus Loening, has applauded the election results achieved by the Free Democratic Party (FDP - LI full-member) in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, where the Liberals' secured their best result in 70 years.

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LGBTI WG Chair Frank Van Dalen calls for more liberal-led governments on IDAHOT
Wednesday 10 May 2017 13:05
Commemorating the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) Chair of LI LGBTI Rights Working Group Frank Van Dalen has stressed on the importance of the ongoing fight for LGBTI-rights around the world not just in terms of gaining but also in some cases regaining rights. 

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Président de l'International Libéral: Macron s'affirme comme leader d'une Europe unie
Monday 8 May 2017 17:05
Au nom de la plus ancienne internationale des partis politiques, le président de l'Internationale libérale Dr. Juli Minoves a célébré l'élection d'Emmanuel Macron en tant que président de la République française. "Macron s'affirme comme leader d'une Europe unie," a déclaré le Dr Minoves, "il a balayé les forces du repli et s'appuie sur une longue tradition française de modernité."

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FDP election message: vote for the social market economy, civil liberties and tolerance
Thursday 4 May 2017 15:05
"Germany has sleepwalked through the past four years. We renewed ourselves in order to renew Germany. The time to stand by and watch is over," said Christian Lindner, the leader of the German Free Democratic Party (LI full member), at the Congress which elected him as the leading candidate for the September federal elections.

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LI Patron Lord Steel leads parliamentary delegation in meeting with President Tsai
Thursday 4 May 2017 14:05
President Tsai Ing-Wen, who leads LI full member Democratic Progressive Party (DPP - Taiwan), welcomed an eight-member British parliamentary delegation led by Liberal International Patron Lord David Steel (Liberal Democrats, UK - LI full member) last month.

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Congress programme released as liberals prepare to celebrate 70 years of LI
Thursday 4 May 2017 14:05
LI has released a full,  engaging, and original programme of political activity for its upcoming congress in Andorra, as the world’s oldest political federation prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary. The congress takes place Organised in cooperation with the Liberal Party of Andorra (LI full member),

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Liberals strongly condemn violent attack on Macedonia parliament
Thursday 4 May 2017 12:05
The political crisis in Macedonia culminated last week when violent protestors stormed the Parliament and brutally attacked MPs from the parliamentary majority moments after they had elected the new President of Parliament. MPs from LI full member Liberalno-demokratska partija - LDP were evacuated unhurt, while some of their colleagues ended up in hospital covered in blood.

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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, Chrystia 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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