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Liberal leader Verhofstadt spells out risks to Europe's future in LI lecture
Thursday 2 February 2017 15:02
European liberal leader, Guy Verhofstadt, made international headlines this week as he delivered Liberal International’s 2017 Isaiah Berlin Lecture in front of a capacity crowd in London, where he set out the greatest threats to Europe’s future ahead of a UK parliamentary vote on Brexit two days’ later.

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Congress deadlines approaching – make sure your party is heard
Thursday 23 February 2017 17:02
There are exactly 2 weeks remaining for member parties to submit policy resolutions, bureau nominations, and other essential political documents to be considered and voted upon at LI’s 70th anniversary congress in Andorra this May.

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LI secretariat welcomes new intern Giulia Gambardella
Thursday 23 February 2017 10:02
Giulia Gambardella is the latest addition to the LI Secretariat team in London. Ccontributing to some of Liberal International's most high profile events, Giulia will be spending the next six months with LI, while studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Goldsmiths University in London.

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LI SG discusses international engagement with Canadian Liberals
Friday 17 February 2017 11:02

As Canada made international headlines this week - with Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s landmark visit to the White House in Washington DC and the European Parliament in Strasbourg - LI Secretary General Emil Kirjas was in Canada for series of meetings with high officials and Members of Parliament from the Liberal Party of Canada – one of LI founding members.

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Geneva Summit for Human Rights to see scores of recently-released political prisoners at UN
Thursday 16 February 2017 16:02

From Monday 20th February the annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, co-hosted by Liberal International, will see more recently released political prisoners assemble at the United Nations than ever-before. As part of the programme, LI is pleased to announce the addition of a fourth liberal participant to the event: outgoing OSCE Commissioner for National Minorities, Astrid Thors.

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European Parliament to Nicaragua: Stop harassing the liberal opposition
Thursday 16 February 2017 15:02
A resolution on Nicaragua deploring the attacks and harassment suffered by members of human rights organisations and independent journalists as well as individuals, political forces and bodies linked to the State, was passed in the European Parliament today, backed by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for EuropeALDE (LI full member).  ALDE’s coordinator on Latin America, Renate Weber MEP, denounced the Nicaraguan Government’s attacks on the democratic opposition and urged a return to the rule of law.

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LI VP Löning to entrepreneurs: fair open society essential for economic success
Thursday 9 February 2017 13:02
Markus Löning, LI Vice President on the Bureau and Chair of the Human Rights Committee, has characterised the recent “wave of anti-free-trade nationalism and the exclusion of immigrants” as a “threat to cohesion”. He alerted of a “changed world”, where the Chinese Communist President defends free trade at the World Economic Forum, while the American president threatens customs duties and imposes entry bans.

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LI launches 70th anniversary logo
Thursday 9 February 2017 12:02
2017 is the year that Liberal International celebrates its 70th birthday and the global federation will be marking the milestone with a special logo to be used during our events and throughout 2017. 

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LI takes call to end violence against women in politics to UNCSW
Thursday 2 February 2017 17:02

Liberal International has called on UN Women to raise awareness of the global impact of violence against women active in politics as a serious violation of democratic standards, human rights and gender equality, in a written statement submitted to the 61st Session of the United Nations Committee on the Status of Women (UNCSW), 

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HRC Chair Loening calls on Putin not to decriminalize domestic violence
Thursday 2 February 2017 14:02

Chair of LI Human Rights Committee and LI Vice-President on the Bureau Markus Loening has spoken out over news that Russia’s Federal Council (the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament) has passed a bill decriminalizing domestic violence, calling on President Vladimir Putin not to sign the bill into legislation.

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11 liberal MEPs elected to top posts in European Parliamentary committees
Thursday 26 January 2017 17:01

Following last week's election of Antonio Tajani as the new European Parliament President, 11 Members of the European Parliament from the ALDE Group (LI full-member) have been elected as Chais and Vice-Chairs of various parliamentary committees.

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LI lecture sold out - Verhofstadt to debate Trump, Brexit, & Europe's future
Thursday 26 January 2017 12:01
Returning from a successful book tour in the United States just days after the inauguration of Donald Trump, Guy Verhofstadt – the European Parliament’s chief negotiator for Brexit – will deliver Liberal International’s 2017 Isaiah Berlin Lecture at Chatham House on Monday 30th January.

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Join the LI team - we're hiring
Wednesday 25 January 2017 18:01
The Liberal International (LI), the world federation of liberal and democratic political parties, is looking for a qualified candidate to fill the role of Congress Assistant to aid in the preparation and execution of the upcoming 70th Anniversary Congress of Liberal International in Andorra. 

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Final tickets for Verhofstadt Brexit lecture in London
Thursday 19 January 2017 17:01
With tensions raised after UK prime minister Theresa May set out her controversial plan for the United Kingdom ‘s departure from the European Union, the European Parliament’s chief negotiator for Brexit and leader of the ALDE Group (LI full member), Guy Verhofstadt, is set to take questions on the future of Europe at Liberal International’s 2017 Isaiah Berlin Lecture at Chatham House at the end of January.

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Lessons on countering-radicalisation: 7th Human Rights Bulletin released
Thursday 19 January 2017 15:01

Experts have shared their solutions to some of the challenges governments around the world face in countering radicalisation and extremism and advancing liberty, with the release this week of the 7th Liberal International Human Rights BulletinThe Bulletin focuses on one the LI Human Rights Committee's core priorities of securing and promoting equal rights both for the religious and non-religious peoples. 

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Parliamentary group of Centerpartiet inspired after London visit
Thursday 19 January 2017 13:01
“As liberals we need to stand up for an open, tolerant society and against the aggressive nationalistic and pessimistic forces that are now growing. We can turn worries to hope and dissatisfaction to determination,” concluded Annie Lööf, President of Centre Party (Sweden - LI full member) after leading the party's parliamentary group on a visit to London.

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LI to co-host largest gathering of human rights heroes
Thursday 19 January 2017 11:01

For a fourth consecutive year, Liberal International (LI) is to co-host the largest gathering of human rights heroes and activists on the eve of the United Nations Human Rights Council's main session in Geneva, Switzerland.

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EP Brexit Chief to deliver 2017 Isaiah Berlin Lecture in London
Friday 13 January 2017 12:01
The European Parliament’s chief negotiator for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, Guy Verhofstadt MEP, will deliver Liberal International’s 2017 Isaiah Berlin Lecture at the world-renowned think tank, Chatham House, this month.

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21st Century Parties: adapting to changing realities
Friday 13 January 2017 11:01
Political parties must regularly adapt and continuously answer the challenges that new political and technological contexts present. In this context, the National Democratic Institute (LI Cooperating Organisation) launched in 2016 a 21st Century Parties Initiative on party renewal. On 10 January, NDI organised a conference bringing politicians and experts to further the conversation about how parties would keep up with changing citizen demands.

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LI Secretariat closes for festive break - a recap of 2016
Thursday 15 December 2016 15:12

2016 has been a busy and challenging year for liberals worldwide. From confronting the realities of Russian annexation in Georgia to participating in the global climate change summit COP22, we would like to thank everyone who has made the year such a brilliant success and contributed to advancing the cause of liberalism around the world.

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President of Honour Lord Alderdice presented with Global Thinkers Award
Thursday 15 December 2016 14:12

LI President of Honour, Lord John Alderdice (Liberal Democrats, UK - LI full member), has been presented with the 2016 Global Thinkers Forum Award for his international efforts in promoting peace and collaboration.

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LI condemns Malaysian court's politically motivated rejection of Anwar Ibrahim's final appeal
Wednesday 14 December 2016 18:12
The former leader of the multi-ethnic People’s Justice Party (PKR Malaysia – LI full member), Anwar Ibrahim, has seen his final appeal for freedom rejected by a court in Malaysia and will be forced to serve out the final 16 months of his politically motivated sentence of sodomy, barring him from contesting the 2018 national elections.

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Elections see LDP and opposition end the authoritarian rule in Macedonia
Wednesday 14 December 2016 18:12
The early elections in Macedonia have seen an overall victory for the opposition political parties, which pledged during their campaigns to end years of rule by the nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party. Liberalno-demokratska partija (LDP), LI full member, returns to the Macedonian parliament with 2-3 seats, as part of the broad coalition led by the Social Democrats (SDSM).

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FNF European Future Conference: We need to take away the fear of freedom
Friday 9 December 2016 11:12
German Federal President Joachim Gauck quoted one of the most influential [liberal] thinkers of his generation, Ralf Dahrendorf, who in a "prophetic speech" in 1997 warned that globalisation might "produce more authoritarian than liberal constitutions.” This is the challenge which the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (LI cooperating organisation) aimed to answer with the "Re-Shaping Europe" European Future Conference in Berlin this week.

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DA launches bid to block South Africa's withdrawal from ICC
Friday 9 December 2016 10:12
The Democratic Alliance (LI full member) has appealed to a provincial high court in a bid to fight the decision of Jacob Zuma’s ANC to remove South Africa from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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Liberals seek answers in debates on radicalization and freedom of belief
Friday 9 December 2016 10:12

Gathering a diverse set of Liberal International Human Rights Committee (LIHRC) members, liberal politicians and representatives from across the civil society sector in Brussels this week, the LI Human Rights Committee met for the second time this year to discuss freedom of belief in an era of radicalization.

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Liberals to mark International Human Rights Day
Thursday 8 December 2016 19:12

Liberal International reflects on the events of the past 12 months which have promoted and advanced human rights internationally, as the international liberal community prepares to celebrate international Human Rights Day on Saturday 10 December. 

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LI awards 2016 Prize for Freedom to Raif Badawi
Thursday 8 December 2016 17:12

In the presence of special guests from four regions of the world, Ensaf Haidar, wife of jailed Saudi liberal blogger Raif Badawi and President of the Raif Badawi Foundation, has been presented with the 2016 LI Prize for Freedom on behalf of her husband at a special ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels.

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LI announces the establishment of African Human Rights Award
Thursday 8 December 2016 17:12
In recognition individuals or organisations that advance liberal-democratic values and human rights in Africa, Liberal International is pleased to announce the establishment of an annual Africa Human Rights Award, with the support of the president of the republic of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, leader of LI full member Rassemblement des Républicains (RDR).

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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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