LI News Issue 506


Liberal leader Verhofstadt spells out risks to Europe’s future in LI lecture

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…
CoD Secretary General discusses strategies to strengthen democracies with LI

Maria Leissner, Secretary General of Community of Democracies – an intergovernmental organization devoted to democracy & human rights – met with Liberal International Secretary General Emil Kirjas at LI headquarters during her official…
HRC Chair Loening calls on Putin not to decriminalize domestic violence
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…
Leader of Norwegian Liberals banned by Russia
The Norwegian Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence has cancelled its visit to Russia in solidarity with Trine Skei Grande MP, leader of LI full member Venstre, after it became clear that the Russian authorities declared her unwelcome. Ms Skei Grande was denied a visa to travel…
PM Hariri welcomes Europe’s foreign affairs chief to Beirut
The leader of the Future Movement (LI full member) and Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, has welcomed High Representative of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, to Beirut just over one month after the government of Lebanon was formed.
African Liberals slam African Union’s plan to withdraw from ICC
ALN President, Olivier Kamitatu, has labelled as deplorable the decision of the African Union to sanction withdrawal of African states from the International Criminal Court (ICC).
LI takes call to end violence against women in politics to UNCSW
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…
Canada’s Trudeau speaks of shock, sadness and anger over terror attack
Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau (Liberal Party of Canada – LI full member), has condemned and branded as a “terrorist attack on Muslims” the fatal shootings that left 6 people at a mosque in Québec dead this week.

The next edition of LI News will follow on 10th February 2017

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