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LI President barred from meeting Philippines political prisoner Senator Leila de Lima
22/07/2017
Almost 5 months to the day since Senator Leila de Lima – an outspoken critic of President Rodrigo Duterte - was arrested in the Philippines, the President of Liberal International (LI), Dr Juli Minoves, was today arbitrarily barred from meeting face-to-face with the human rights champion as Chair of Liberal International’s Human Rights Committee, Mr Markus Loening, was granted access and a meeting at the site of her incarceration, Camp Crame, Quezon City, The Philippines.
Human Rights
Job Call: LI Secretary General
05/07/2017
With the announcement at the 70th-anniversary congress that LI Secretary General Emil Kirjas is not be seeking a renewal of his mandate, the Bureau has launched a call for a new Secretary General.
Careers
New LI website set to launch next week
30/06/2017
With a positive endorsement from the Liberal International membership during a special presentation at LI’s 70th-anniversary Congress in Andorra, the finishing touches are being put in place to the new LI website ahead of the official launch next week.
News
ALDE hosts Liberal leaders meeting ahead of European Council summit
29/06/2017
European Liberal prime ministers and leaders convened recently in Brussels, Belgium to discuss the future of Europe ahead of the European Council Summit, at the invitation of Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament and LI President of Honour and ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen MEP.
Events
Newly elected LI bureau convenes for strategy meeting in Barcelona
29/06/2017
Members of the newly-elected Liberal International Bureau representing 11 countries came together in Barcelona, Catalonia last weekend to begin the process of identifying LI’s political direction over the coming years.
Bureau
China must stop blocking Taiwan from contributing to a cleaner, greener world says ALDE Party President Van Baalen
28/06/2017
LI President of Honour and ALDE Party (LI cooperating organisation) President, Hans van Baalen MEP has welcomed senior Taiwanese Cabinet Ministers – including a minister from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP – LI full member) - to the European Parliament in Brussels this week to strengthen international partnerships by building closer EU-Taiwan relations over the environment and green economy.
Bureau
Sam Rainsy’s travel ban lifted but safe return not guaranteed
21/06/2017
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.
News
LI HRC Chair Markus Löning addresses democratic governance forum in Bangkok
16/06/2017
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.
Bureau
Promoting Tolerance Program inspires advancing democracy and civil society
16/06/2017
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.
News
LI President of Honour Lord Alderdice recieves honourary degree from Queen’s University
15/06/2017
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.
Bureau