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LI EC at COP22 discussed opportunities for everyone and progress for all
Thursday 17 November 2016 17:11

"Our [liberal] philosophy is a moral philosophy, a philosophy of conservation," said LI President Dr Juli Minoves at the special session on Climate Change, organised as part of the 197th LI Executive Committee at the UN COP22 venue in Marrakech. Assembled upon the invitation of LI Vice President and Moroccan Environment Minister Hakima el Haite, LI delegates agreed that “innovation, opportunity, and passion are key ingredients to fight the climate challenges facing future generations.”


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LI VP Hakima El Haite awarded Legion of Honour in France
Friday 2 December 2016 12:12

LI Vice-President on the Bureau and Minister of the Environment of Morocco, Hakima El Haite (Mouvement Populaire - LI full member), has been awarded France's Legion of Honour: the highest honour for civilian merits.

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'Human dignity before economic freedom' VP Loening tells ENF in Philippines
Friday 2 December 2016 10:12

Delivering the keynote speech of the Economic Freedom Network Asia (ENF) Conference in Manila, The Philippines, LI Vice-President and Chairman of LI's Human Rights Committee, Markus Loening, has called for prioritising human dignity before economic freedom.

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Future Movement rallies forces at massive conference
Wednesday 30 November 2016 13:11

LI full member in Lebanon – Future Movementgathered over 2,400 delegates and 400 observers last weekend for its national conference, where future priorities and policies were discussed. A two-day general assembly rallied supporters from around the country, including re-elected Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri as head of the party and Ahmad Hariri as Secretary General. 


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LI President meets with Mexico's former foreign minister days after Trump victory
Thursday 24 November 2016 12:11
Just days after the announcement that Donald Trump had won the United States’ presidential election, LI president Dr. Juli Minoves met with his former colleague as Foreign Minister, the Mexican Statesman Luis Ernesto Derbez, in California USA.

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Raif Badawi to be awarded LI Prize for Freedom in European Parliament ceremony
Thursday 24 November 2016 11:11
On 6 December 2016, the Chair of LI's Human Rights Committee  and Germany's former Federal Commissioner for Human Rights, Markus Löning, will present Liberal International’s Prize for Freedom to the wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who has become a global icon of the right to free expression following his incarceration in a Saudi prison in 2012.

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ALDE Group champions LI work on ending violence against women and girls
Thursday 24 November 2016 11:11

Elevating LI's call about the need for universal adoption of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women (Istanbul Convention), the ALDE Group in the European Parliament (LI full-member), has announced that it will call on all individual European Union (EU) member states and the EU itself to ratify the Convention.

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Global community affirms commitment to Paris Accord at COP22
Wednesday 23 November 2016 17:11
Minister of Environment for Morocco and LI Vice President, Hakima El Haite, has spoken with optimism at the success of  the 22nd session of the United Nations Climate Change Summit, known as COP22, which ended this week in Marrakesh, Morocco, as the international community affirmed its dedication to preserving the legacy of the global climate change accord signed in Paris last year. 

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LI PoH Alderdice recognised for excellence in promoting peace and collaboration
Wednesday 23 November 2016 17:11
LI President of Honour Lord John Alderdice has been in Beirut this week addressing a special event of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Arab Network for Tolerance. During the event he encouraged parliamentary leadership “to build tolerance in the Arab world.”

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UN GA confirms independent expert on LGBTI rights
Wednesday 23 November 2016 16:11
After a vote this week, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly confirmed a special UN Independent Expert on the Protection Against Violence and Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI). LI's Human Rights Committee earlier welcomed the appointment of the Independent Expert by the UN Human Rights Council.

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ALDE Party and LI back Macedonian LDP ahead of elections
Friday 18 November 2016 11:11

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP, LI full member) is important for our liberal family, an important party in the region and the regional liberal organization LIBSEEN, an important partner of the ALDE Party and an important element of global liberalism”, said Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP, Vice president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE Party) and member of LI Human Rights Committee at the meeting with the LDP leadership in Skopje. 


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EC fringe meetings: battling populism; empowering women; fighting climate change
Friday 18 November 2016 11:11
Gathering over 100 participants on the fringes of the UN Climate Change Summit, COP 22, the 197th LI Executive Committee meeting in Marrakech, Morocco provided a great platform for liberals to discuss a range of political issues in the MENA region and beyond. 

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African applicant parties set to boost ranks of LI membership
Thursday 17 November 2016 17:11
Africa is already the continent with the largest number of Liberal International member parties after Europe and that statistic could grow even higher with the upcoming 61st Congress in Andorra next May with endorsements from the 197th Executive Committee meeting in Marrakech, Morocco last week for five new African member parties.

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LI to award Prize for Freedom to Raif Badawi in Brussels
Thursday 17 November 2016 17:11

On the fringes of this year's annual Human Rights Committee meeting in the European Parliament, Liberal International will bestow its highest human rights award, the Prize for Freedom, to the jailed Saudi liberal blogger Raif Badawi.


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EC Programme finalised: Fringe debates, new members; COP22 Summit and more
Tuesday 8 November 2016 15:11
In just three days' time, liberals from every continent in the world will convene in Marrakech, Morocco for Liberal International’s 197th Executive Committee meeting, which will feature as a high point participation in the UN Climate Change Summit COP22. Read on for full details and not-to-miss parts of the EC programme

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INLW President appointed as peace ambassador of IWPG
Thursday 3 November 2016 18:11

The President of the International Network of Liberal Women (INLW - LI full-member) Margaret de vos van Steenwjick has been appointed as the Peace Ambassador of the International Women's Pace Group (IWPC).


 

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Chakarov: We must seek global solutions to migration and refugee issues
Thursday 3 November 2016 18:11
“We much jointly seek adequate solutions to the economic challenges of global development,” said Dr. Dzhevdet Chakarov - Vice President and member of the LI Bureau at the international conference Current challenges facing united Europe – the strengthening of nationalism in the context of the ideological, migration and economic crisis.  The conference was organized marking the 18th anniversary of the youth of MRF (LI full member) in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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LI supports ICC as Burundi, South Africa, and Gambia announce departure
Friday 28 October 2016 00:10

Gambia has joined Burundi and South Africa in announcing its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court this week. LI President Dr Juli Minoves reacted to these developments with renewed support for the UN-backed institution saying "we need more ICC not less ICC." During his service as Ambassador to the United Nations the LI president was one of the signatories to, and personally involved in, the drafting of the ICC founding document, the Rome Statute


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Last chance to register for EC and COP22 participation
Thursday 27 October 2016 15:10

Just two days remain to register for the 197th Executive Committee meeting of Liberal International in Marrakech, which will place climate change centre-stage of liberal policies for three days as delegates prepare to participate in the UN’s Climate Change Summit, COP22.


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Liberal MPs join forces at IPU with a call to end violence against women in politics
Thursday 27 October 2016 15:10

Gathering liberal Members of Parliament (MPs) representing 13 countries during the 135th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), parliamentarians from Liberal International (LI) member parties have united in a call for action on the issue of stopping violence against women in politics.

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61st Liberal International Congress: Andorra, 18-21 May 2017
Thursday 27 October 2016 10:10

Judith Pallares MP, Member of the National Board of Liberals d’Andorra (PLA – LI full member), visited the LI Secretariat this week to personally deliver to LI Secretary General Emil Kirjas the invitation from the PLA President Jordi Gallardo to host the 61st Congress of Liberal International in Andorra. The Congress will mark the 70th anniversary of LI and will take place on 18-21 May 2017.


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LI president briefs European liberals on US elections
Thursday 20 October 2016 17:10

Addressing a delegation of European liberals from the European Liberal Forum (ELF – LI cooperating organisation) led by former Minister of Justice, Anna-Maja Henriksson, of the Swedish People's Party of Finland (SFP – LI full member) ahead of the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday 19th October, LI president, Dr. Juli Minoves, briefed the Europeans on the transatlantic implications of the US election, which will take place on 8 November, 2016.


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RELIAL congress: LI president calls on Latin American liberals to fight for freedom
Thursday 20 October 2016 16:10

Convening in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra on 14-15 October, LI President Dr. Juli Minoves addressed the Congress of LI cooperating organisation, Red Liberal de América Latina (RELIAL), the regional network of Latin American liberals, who also elected a new political leadership. 


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LI HRC bi-annual meeting to debate radicalisation and freedom of belief
Thursday 20 October 2016 15:10

Under the theme Freedom of Belief in an Era of Radicalization, the LI Human Rights Committee will convene for a second time this year, on Tuesday 6 December 2016, to discuss strategies to debunk the stigmatization of religious and in particular Muslim minorities when it comes to radicalization and violent extremism and, at the same time address, the fine line between freedom of speech and freedom of belief.

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LI president of honour weighs in on US presidential elections
Thursday 20 October 2016 12:10
Donald Trump lacks moral leadership, LI President of Honour Hans van Baalen MEP, has told an event hosted by the International Network of the VVD (LI full member - Netherlands) at the Hague Institute for Global Justice this week.

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EC delegates set to participate in climate change summit - 9 days to register
Thursday 20 October 2016 11:10

Just 9 days remain to register for the 197th Executive Committee meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, a central feature of which, it can now be confirmed, will be the EC delegations’ participation at COP22 – the UN’s global climate change summit.


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Fighting climate change at centre of EC programme amid participation at COP22
Thursday 13 October 2016 16:10
With just one month remaining until Liberal International’s 197th Executive Committee meeting in Marrakech, the draft programme for the first EC to take place in the MENA region since 2013 is now available online.

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LI and NDI discuss long-term cooperation on preventing violence against women
Friday 7 October 2016 08:10

“Building strong and long-term coalitions is important to put an end to the violence against women, in particular on women active in politics and during election processes,” said Emil Kirjas, LI Secretary General after the talks with the National Democratic Institute – NDI (LI cooperating organisation) in Washington DC. 


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LI President of Honour Van Baalen MEP addresses LIBSEEN leaders meeting
Friday 7 October 2016 08:10

LI President of Honour Hans Van Baalen MEP has addressed the annual LIBSEEN Leaders meeting, calling for an improved European security strategy and containment of Russian aggression towards the European Union's Eastern Neighbourhood. 

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EC accommodation: book now, limited rooms remaining
Thursday 6 October 2016 16:10
Amid high demand and with only a few rooms remaining at the Kenzi Farah hotel, the venue for the 197th Liberal International Executive Committee, the LI secretariat has secured a second block booking at the Mogador Express Gueliz, located in the proximity of the EC venue.

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