LI News Issue 499

Raif Badawi to be awarded LI Prize for Freedom in European Parliament ceremony

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…
LI President meets with Mexico’s former foreign minister days after Trump victory

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…
Global community affirms commitment to Paris Accord at COP22
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…
LI PoH Alderdice recognised for excellence in promoting peace and collaboration
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.”
UN GA confirms independent expert on LGBTI rights
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…
Liberal-run Western Cape tops tables for good governance
For the second successive year the Democratic Alliance-governed (LI full member) Western Cape, has topped the list of provinces in South Africa to receive a clean audit, making it a national leader in clean governance and service delivery, amid challenges of rapid urbanisation in Africa’s most…
ALDE Group champions LI work on ending violence against women and girls
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…
“Liberals should take the lead for a better future” says Rutte at VVD Congress
During its Congress over the weekend, LI full member People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD – Netherlands) adopted its central election programme and list of candidates ahead of parliamentary elections in the Netherlands scheduled for 15 March 2017.

The next edition of LI News will follow on 2nd December 2016

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