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DA Claims Electoral Successes Across Three Major Cities
Thursday 25 August 2016 17:08

Following the Democratic Alliance's (DA – LI full-member) staggering gains in the recent local elections, Athol TrollipSolly Msimanga and Herman Mashaba have now been elected as the new DA mayors of Nelson-Mandela Bay, Tshwane and Johannesburg, respectively.

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In Memoriam: Walter Scheel
Thursday 25 August 2016 11:08

Prominent leaders and liberals have expressed their respect for the Liberal International Patron and former German President Walter Scheel, who passed away at the age of 97 on 24 August, 2016. Saying that "he remains an inspiration", LI President Dr. Juli Minoves offered his condolences to his family and party, the German Freie Demokratische Partei (FDP – LI full member). 


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2017 LI Prize for Freedom: Nomination deadline approaching
Thursday 18 August 2016 17:08

Less than two weeks remain for Liberal International members to nominate a human rights hero for the LI Prize for Freedom – LI’s top award for global human rights defenders, awarded annually. Member parties can, through their international officer, nominate a candidate who has made an exceptional contribution to the advancement and promotion of human rights and political freedoms. The deadline is Thursday 1st September 2016.

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Democracy watchdog Freedom House speaks out against Ortega's Sandinistas
Thursday 11 August 2016 20:08
President Daniel Ortega's attempt to bring an end to pluralistic democracy in Nicaragua has collided with further condemnation, this time from Freedom House, the internationally renowned democracy watchdog, which called greater global attention to the power-grab by the authoritarian leader ahead of elections in November.

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DA makes staggering gains in breakthrough elections
Thursday 4 August 2016 14:08
“People have voted for change”, was the clear message from Mmusi Maimane MP, the leader of LI full member Democratic Alliance (DA), as his party delivered outstanding results, winning many seats from the ruling Africa National Congress of embattled President Jacob Zuma.

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'Nicaragua now a democracy in name only', says LI President
Thursday 4 August 2016 13:08
LI President Dr. Juli Minoves has described his outrage at the actions of the Sandinista government of Daniel Ortega to turn Nicaragua into a single-party state by stripping liberal parliamentarians – the largest opposition group – of their power in parliament, a reflection of the concerning rise of illiberalism globally. 

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Liberals celebrate making of history at DNC in Philadelphia
Friday 29 July 2016 11:07
Liberals from around the world have convened in Philadelphia, USA at the Democrat National Convention (DNC) to mark the historic nomination of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the Democrat Party candidate for the 2016 US Presidential Elections. 

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International Liberal family appalled at stripping of liberals' political mandate
Thursday 28 July 2016 17:07

The international liberal family is appalled at the latest move to crush political opposition in Nicaragua as the Socialist Sandinista Front moves to strip opposition legislators of their mandates in the central American country. Liberal International condemns the decision taken by the Parliament of Nicaragua in violation of any normal democratic procedure. 

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LI manifesto drafting committee convenes Asian liberals in Taiwan
Friday 22 July 2016 11:07

Convening in Taipei, Taiwan, the drafting committee for the 2017 Liberal International manifesto, which will centre on global challenges and opportunities for liberalism in the twenty-first century, has brought together representatives from LI member parties in Asia, under LI President, Dr. Juli Minoves.

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Liberals across the globe condemn attacks in Nice
Thursday 21 July 2016 17:07
Liberals around the world have expressed their horror at the terror attacks that took place in Nice, France on 14th July, a French national holiday, Bastille Day.

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LI VP Löning warns of an emerging authoritarian tendency in Turkey
Thursday 21 July 2016 16:07
LI Vice-President on the Bureau Markus Löning has warned that the tightening grip on power by President Erdogan, following the failed coup d'etat last weekend, is a worrying indication of the collapsing democratic order in Turkey.

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Philippines' new Vice-President welcomes LI President
Thursday 21 July 2016 15:07
Last weekend, LI President Dr. Juli Minoves was welcomed to the ‪‎Philippines by the country’s most senior Liberal leaders – representatives of the Liberal Party of the Philippines (LI full-member) - where he discussed domestic politics and the Philippines' role in the South East Asian region in the coming years.

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LI awards President Tsai with Medal of Liberalism in Taipei
Thursday 21 July 2016 14:07
“I am grateful to Liberal International for standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the DPP in opposition and now in government”, commented the President of Taiwan, Dr. Tsai Ing-Wen, having been presented with LI’s highest political honour, the Medal of Liberalism, by LI President Dr. Juli Minoves at a ceremony in the Presidential Palace in Taipei on Monday.

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LI Delegation meets with President of the Moroccan Parliament
Thursday 21 July 2016 14:07

Ahead of the parliamentary elections in Marrakech, Morocco, LI Treasurer Dr. Dzhevdet Chakarov MP and LI Secretary-General Emil Kirjas met with the President of the Moroccan Parliament, Rachid Talbi Alami (RNI – LI member), to discuss the potential political successes for liberal parties in Morocco.

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"Climate Change: Key Part of the Global Liberal Agenda" agree LI Bureau Members
Friday 15 July 2016 10:07
Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference-COP22 in Morocco in November, LI Vice-President and Minister of the Environment of Morocco Hakima El Haite and LI Vice-President and Former Minister of the Envorinment of Bulgaria Dr. Dzhevdet Chakarov have met in Marrakech to discuss the liberal vision for tackling climate change in the 21st Century.

 

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Liberal leaders discuss security reform at NATO Summit
Thursday 14 July 2016 18:07
At a historic NATO summit in the Polish capital, LI President of Honour Hans van Baalen MEP, who is also the President of the ALDE Party (LI Cooperating Organisation) convened the liberal heads of state and government to coordinate the liberal response to further modernise Europe's collective defence and deterrence.

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CUF leader at LI: Democracy in Tanzania in serious danger
Monday 11 July 2016 18:07
The winner of last October's elections in Zanzibar, Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad, along with a high-level delegation from Liberal International's (LI) full member in Tanzania - the Civic United Front  (CUF) - started his European tour at LI headquarters. The CUF delegation raised the alarm about the increase in human rights violations in ‎Zanzibar - including detention without trial and limiting freedom of expression.

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2017 LI Prize for Freedom: Nomination period open
Friday 8 July 2016 10:07
Liberal International is pleased to announce that the nomination period for the 2017 Prize for Freedom is now open - awarded annually, the Prize is an opportunity for LI member parties to put forward a global human rights defender they believe is deserving of international recognition in their fight for equality or against tyranny.

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Leader of LI Member in the Republic of Congo kept in house arrest
Friday 8 July 2016 01:07

The political crisis in the Republic of Congo following the aftermath of the disputed re-election of the incumbent president in March this year has reached a stalemate. Major democracies -- including the USA and the European Union -- have not accepted the new authorities in Brazzaville, while prominent political leaders are increasingly subjected to prosecution and harassment.

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Chilean liberals condemn Ortega's political 'aberration' against VP Montealegre
Thursday 7 July 2016 17:07
Speaking out in the Chilean parliament, Partido Liberal de Chile (LI full member) MP, Vlado Mirosevic, has voiced the concern of Chile’s liberals at the acts of political sabotage playing out in Nicaragua against LI Vice-President, Eduardo Montealegre MP, whose party, Partido Liberal Independiente (PLI - LI full member) was recently stripped of its legal status in Nicaragua.

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LI delegation in Macedonia meets LDP; addresses IFLRY seminar
Tuesday 5 July 2016 15:07

An “effective solution to the political crisis requires a clear alternative – a united and formalised broad democratic opposition front that will bring Macedonia back to its constitutionally guaranteed values of freedom, democracy and justice," said LI Treasurer on the Bureau Dr. Dzhevdet Chakarov MP during his visit to Skopje last weekend.

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LI parliamentary work discussed with IPU Secretary General
Thursday 30 June 2016 18:06
Martin Chungong, Secretary General of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), received a liberal parliamentary delegation led by LI President Dr. Juli Minoves in the IPU's headquarters in Geneva. The discussions focused on most effective ways to foster the human rights dimension in the work of parliamentarians within their parliaments and in the international fora.

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"Global erosion of liberal democratic values", LI President tells ALDE Leaders summit
Thursday 30 June 2016 17:06
Alongside 7 liberal Prime Ministers, 3 EU Commissioners, party leaders and other prominent liberals from across ‎Europe, LI President Dr. Juli Minoves joined the European liberal leaders’ meeting in ‎Brussels, at the invitation of ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen MEP and ALDE Group leader Guy Verhovstadt MEP. The meeting focused on the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union.

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LI Secretariat welcomes new intern Kathleen Rose Kennedy
Thursday 30 June 2016 16:06
The Liberal International Secretariat is pleased to welcome its latest intern, Kathleen Rose Kennedy. As a recent Political Science graduate from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Kathleen Rose's main focus at university was studying social and political issues in developing countries and the political behaviours and processes in Canada.

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LI President condemns Istanbul terror carnage
Wednesday 29 June 2016 17:06
Writing in the aftermath of the terror attacks in Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Turkey, which claimed the lives of 41 people and injured over 200, LI President Dr. Juli Minoves has offered his condolences to the families of the victims and condemned the act of violence.

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At UN Human Rights Council OSCE alerts LI of "shrinking space for civil society"
Wednesday 29 June 2016 15:06

Under the theme Imprisoned for Thinking, the Liberal International's Human Rights Committee (LI HRC) met at the headquarters of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Geneva for the fourth consecutive year, focusing its debates on the principle of freedom of expression.

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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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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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