Issue 39 – Welcome to the new Bureau!

With this ISSUE we have the latest updates from the wonderful world of IFLRY. As the new president, I would like to thank all of you who participated in the last General Assembly! We will do our best to reach out all of our member organisations and try to deliver to their needs. This March edition includes our newly elected Bureau from the last General Assembly in Ghana, our call for the Work Plan event on Migration in Budapest, and IFLRY’s statements of this month.
Read on to find out more!
Yours in liberalism,

Ahmad Al Rachwani (President)
On behalf of the IFLRY Bureau 2018-2020

Globalising Freedom 


After our General Assembly in Accra, Ghana, we hope that all our member organisations (joined us there) present had enough time to recharge their batteries (to keep) so we can continue the fight for spreading freedom! For other member organisations whom could not join us there, they can follow the latest developments and changes through our website.
We also encourage you to check the resolutions we adopted in Accra here and to check the IFLRY Online group for the latest updates. For questions regarding the GA, you can contact Secretary General Sven Gerst via sven.gerst@iflry.org. For more general questions you can contact our Executive Director Andrea Ugrinoska via office@iflry.org.

We are very happy to announce our Work Plan seminar series “Balancing on a Tight Rope: Youth and the Tensions of Migration” that we will host in cooperation with the European Youth Foundation. Join us in exploring the topic of migration from five different angles in five different cities.
The Global Liberal Family Gathers in Accra

“In March 2018 young liberals from around the world gathered for the 43rd General Assembly of IFLRY in Accra, Ghana—only the second time IFLRY that hosted an event in Africa. And what an event it was! For four amazing days, Accra has been the amazing host venue that welcomed 80 young liberals for the IFLRY Conference “Freedom Fights in the 21st Century: Diversity, Pluralism and Intercultural Dialogue” and the 43rd General Assembly. “

Follow the link to read the General Assembly Review from the new bureau!

Call for Seminar “The Tensions of Migration: Obligation, Responsibility, and Populism!”

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the Work Plan Event on “The Tensions of Migration: Obligation, Responsibility and Populism” which will be held in Budapest on 8-13 May 2018. You can find the open call here. The deadline for application is 1st of April!
Please find here the online form through which you can apply. We are looking forward to receiving your application!

Good News from Turkey

It has become unfortunately quite rare, but here is some good news from Turkey: Opposition journalist Ahmet Şık has been released from jail. Our friends from 3H Hareketi | Hürriyet – Hukuk – Hoşgörü see some hope at the horizon: “After the recent release of Deniz Yücel, we hope that the release of one of the fiercest Erdoğan critics and one of the bravest journalists in Turkey, Ahmet Şık, will path the way for a return of the rule of law, civil liberties, and democracy in Turkey. We will continue our fight for freedom of the press and free speech in Turkey in any case!”

Russian Elections

We don’t have much more to say about today’s presidential elections in Russia than recalling the words of Miguel de Unamuno:
You will win because you have enough brute force. But you will not convince. To convince you need to persuade. And in order to persuade you would need what you lack: Reason and Right.
We hope the best for the liberal voices in Russia. Keep fighting and stay safe!

Trainers in the Making: Ukraine – Belarus Programme
In the footsteps of last year’s Training of Trainers 2.0, here is the Trainers Qualification Event happened in Kyiv in February for young people from Ukraine and Belarus, and coordinated by our Ukraine – Belarus Programme members.
The multiplying effect, transfer of knowledge and experience for high quality non-formal education is one of the most important directions of IFLRY’s Pool of Trainers and strategic capacity building work. We are a growing family!


Vacancy for co-editor of Libel

Libel editor Krijn van Eeden is looking for one or two new co-editor(s) to help run IFLRY’s online magazine! This is a great opportunity for anyone in your organisation to get more involved with IFLRY, particularly if they are interested in writing and journalism.

We would be very grateful if you could promote this vacancy in your organisation. For more information visit: libel.iflry.com/call-for-libel-co-editor/

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