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LI Executive Committee: new programme details released
Thursday 12 May 2016 17:05

At a time of growing anxiety over Russian expansionism, global extremism and varied threats to the liberal democratic order, LI's 196th Executive Committee meeting in Georgia next week is set to deliver a set of timely debates aimed at informing a common liberal strategy to respond to these challenges.

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Final hours to register for 196th EC; new details released
Friday 6 May 2016 11:05
For liberals, balancing security and liberty has always been a delicate equation. Today it has rarely been more urgent for parliamentarians, party leaders, minsters, and representatives of liberal political parties from around the world to come together, at Liberal International’s 196th Executive Committee meeting, to experience, debate, and find answers to some of the most pressing security challenges faced by humanity. Registration closes at 23:59BST today, Friday 6th May.

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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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CALD Holds Pre-Election Observation Mission to the Philippines
Thursday 28 April 2016 17:04

The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD, LI cooperating organisation) has organized a week-long pre-election mission to Manila and Iloilo in the Philippines which featured delegates from Cambodia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mongolia, Taiwan, Thailand and the Africa Liberal Network (LI cooperating organisaiton).

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EC registration deadline approaches as Hon. Usupashvili meets EP leaders
Thursday 28 April 2016 15:04
With one week left to register for Liberal International’s 196th Executive Committee meeting in Tblisi, Georgia, Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, Hon. David Usupashvili, has been engaged in a series of high-level meetings in the European Parliament, where the Republican Party (RPG – LI full member) has been describing Georgia’s strong position moving towards the Georgia-EU Association Agreement.

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President of Honour Lord Alderdice addresses 7th UNAOC Global Summit
Thursday 28 April 2016 14:04

Adressing delegates from more than 140 countries, LI President of Honour Lord John Alderdice (Liberal Democrats UK - LI full member), delivered some of the keynote remarks to the 7th Global Summit of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations held in Baku, Azerbaijan this week, with a focus on promoting peace internationally. 

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Climate Paris Agreement Signed - LI VP El Haité with a key role
Thursday 28 April 2016 14:04

“Today we are writing a new page in the history of this world; this is the first day for the new civilisation we are aiming to build,” were the words in New York of Hakima el Haité, LI Vice President on the Bureau, who is Morocco’s Environment Minister and COP22 Special Envoy for Mobilisation, at the signing of the Paris Climate Agreements at the UN Headquarters. Liberal International will hold its 197th Executive Committee meeting during the COP22 in Marrakech later in November this year.

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Bulgaria's MRF new leader Karadayi: our "liberal brand" will endure
Tuesday 26 April 2016 17:04

Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF), LI full member from Bulgaria, has a new leader – Mustafa Karadayi - who received the support of over 900 delegates at the 9th Convention in the national capital, Sofia, last weekend. In front of the high-level international liberal delegation and many national and international guests, Mr. Karadayi said “we have become liberal brand and any new political entity compares with it”, calling on the fellow party members to “prove that MRF will endure”.


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Bureau convenes in Germany ahead of DGLI's Liberal International day
Thursday 21 April 2016 18:04

On Friday 15th April Secretary-General of the FDP (LI full member), Mrs Nicola Beer, welcomed the members of the LI Bureau to Berlin and marked the party’s string of electoral successes in three recent state elections. The meeting was the second time that the LI Bureau has convened this year and is the last meeting ahead of the 196th Executive Committee meeting in Tblisi, Georgia, next month.

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LI President of Honour Lord Alderdice hosts RtoP debate in House of Lords
Thursday 21 April 2016 17:04
Developing the debate held by the LI Human Rights Committee on the advancement of the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) principle in Brussels last year, LI President of Honour, Lord John Alderdice, welcomed prominent speakers and guests to a meeting in the UK parliament on the implications of the refugee crisis for the future of the RtoP principle.

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Liberals set to visit Russian occupation line as part of EC programme
Thursday 21 April 2016 17:04
Emboldened by his political meddling in Ukraine and Syria, Russian president Vladimir Putin’s creeping annexation of Georgia’s territory will be examined by delegates of the 196th Liberal International Executive Committee meeting, who, with a visit to the occupation line between the two nations, will see first-hand the extent Russia’s seizure of another Georgia’s territory has had.

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FNF hosts first meeting of Manifesto Drafting Committee in Berlin
Thursday 21 April 2016 17:04
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF – LI Cooperation Organisation) has welcomed liberal thinkers from around the world to their headquarters in Berlin for the first meeting of the Drafting Committee that will oversee the completion of LI’s Manifesto for Liberalism in the 21st Century.

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Annual LI HRC meeting set to attract high-level participation
Thursday 21 April 2016 16:04
Attracting international diplomats and globally renowned activists, Liberal International's Human Rights Committee is set to convene at the headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland for the fourth consecutive year to debate the theme Imprisoned for Thinking.

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In Caracas LI VP Montealegre meets President of Venezuela’s Congress
Wednesday 20 April 2016 15:04
Eduardo Montealegre, Vice President on the Bureau of LI, was on a three-day visit to Caracas, Venezuela, to talk with opposition leader and president of the Legislative Assembly of that country, Henry Ramos. The talks focused on economic relations and policies between the countries of Latin America. The visit comes after the surprise victory of the opposition in the Congress elections in December 2015.

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Pauline Kastermans - new leader of IFLRY
Tuesday 19 April 2016 17:04
For second time in a decade IFLRY - the International Federation of Liberal Youth (LI full member) - held its General Assembly in Istanbul. Young liberals from across the world garthered in the Turkish city that spans across Europe and Asia, despite the recent terrorist attack. The GA saw Pauline Kastermans elected new IFLRY president. 

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Programme for 196th EC in Georgia released
Wednesday 13 April 2016 17:04

Only five weeks remain until liberals from around the world convene in Tbilisi, Georgia, for the start of Liberal International’s 196th Executive Committee meeting. The EC draft programme offers an exciting perspective on one of the most diverse and strategically important regions of the world.

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PH Van Baalen sees need for EU to improve after Dutch referendum
Wednesday 13 April 2016 16:04

LI President of Honour, Hans van Baalen MEP, has described his reflections on the outcome of the Dutch referendum on the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine while the Dutch government, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, considers its options. 

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LI welcomes working group chair to HQ ahead of presidential inauguration
Wednesday 13 April 2016 16:04
Chair of Liberal International’s working group on women’s rights and the deputy director of the international department of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP - Taiwan), Dr. Ketty W. Chen, was welcomed to LI headquarters in London this week where she discussed the political priorities of president-elect, Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, and described her shock at the abduction of Taiwanese citizens from Kenya.

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Human Rights Bulletin: the next generation of female leaders
Wednesday 13 April 2016 14:04

How to foster the next generation of female political leaders and entrepreneurs? This was the central question posed by Liberal International’s Vice-President and Human Rights Committee Chair, Markus Löning, as he introduced the fifth edition of LI’s Human Rights Bulletin, which saw contributions from top international liberal parliamentarians and NGO experts.Read the Bulletin here.

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Macedonian liberals call for protests after President's blanket amnesty for politicians
Wednesday 13 April 2016 11:04

Macedonia’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP - LI full member) has called for the resignation of the President and for street protests following the abrupt decision of President Ivanov to pardon all politicians facing criminal investigations in multiple scandals. “Siding with politicians-criminals”, “violation of the rule of law” and “overthrowing the constitutional order and the judiciary as an independent branch” were some of the conclusions of Macedonia’s liberals when calling for a “battle for the future of the children” on the streets of the nation. 


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VP Montealegre: Maduro regime is blocking crucial amnesty bill
Thursday 7 April 2016 18:04

Vice-President on the Liberal International Bureau, Eduardo Montealegre MP, has spoken out with fierce criticism against the Venezuelan regime of Nicolás Maduro, which is refusing to enact into law the ‘Law of National Amnesty and Reconciliation’ – a bill that was democratically approved by the Venezuelan National Assembly in an attempt to return the country to responsible government.

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VP Löning: 'What is happening in Greece is not compatible with ECHR standards'
Thursday 7 April 2016 18:04
Speaking to German Radio Deutschlandradio Kultur on Monday 4th April – the day that the first tranche of refugees in Greece were deported to Turkey – Liberal International Vice-President, Markus Löning, criticised the enforced repatriation as incompatible with European human rights standards.  

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LI opens call for Human Rights Committee nominations
Tuesday 5 April 2016 15:04

As the end of the first term of the very successful and productive LI Human Rights Committee mandate quickly approaches, Liberal International is pleased to launch a call for new Committee members.

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LI EC host Republican Party to contest October elections independently
Monday 4 April 2016 13:04

The host of the 196th LI Executive Committee meeting,  Republican Party of Georgia (RPG), announced that they will present themselves independently at the upcoming parliamentary elections this October. RPG announced in a statement that despite being a key element of the “Georgian Dream” governing coalition since their 2012 election victory, RPG decided to “choose to focus [its] resources on the election priorities of the party.”


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Democratic Allaince: "Jacob Zuma cannot continue to be president of our country"
Monday 4 April 2016 12:04

Ruling in a case initiated by LI full member Democratic Alliance, the Constitutional Court of South Africa found President Jacob Zuma in breach of the constitution when [ab]using public funds for non-security upgrades to his private home. Instead of accepting political responsibility for the scandal that, in his own words “frustrated” South Africa for years, President Zuma offered an apology. LI Deputy President and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille shortly commented: "He's not going anywhere."


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In Memoriam: Hans-Dietrich Genscher
Friday 1 April 2016 16:04

“One of the greatest liberal politicians of the twentieth century. One of our key leaders. A liberal who has inspired many generations of liberal politicians”, were the words with which LI President, Dr. Juli Minoves, described former President of FDP (LI full member) and Germany’s longest-serving Foreign Minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, who passed away last week at the age of 89.  Mr. Genscher was one of the first recipients of Liberal International’s Prize for Freedom.

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