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Liberal International

Liberal International

Liberal International is a political international for liberal parties. Its headquarters are located at 1 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2HD within the National Liberal Club. It was founded in Oxford in 1947, and has become the pre-eminent network for liberal parties and for the strengthening of liberalism around the world. The Oxford Manifesto describes the basic political principles of the Liberal International.

Aims

The Liberal International Constitution (2005) gives its purposes as

"to win general acceptance of Liberal principles which are international in their nature throughout the world, and to foster the growth of a free society based on personal liberty, personal responsibility and social justice, and to provide the means of co-operation and interchange of information between the member organisations, and between men and women of all countries who accept these principles."
The principles that unite member parties from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe are: respect for human rights, free and fair elections and multiparty-democracy, social justice, tolerance, social market economics, free trade, environmental sustainability and a strong sense of international solidarity.

The aims of Liberal International are also set out in a series of seven manifestos, written between 1946 and 1997 and are furthered by a variety of bodies including a near yearly conference for liberal parties and individuals from around the world.

Officers

The president of Liberal International is Lord Alderdice, a British Liberal Democrat peer who was leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland. The deputy president is Hans van Baalen, spokesperson on foreign affairs, Europe and defence for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament. The secretary general is Emil Kirjas, a former president of the International Federation of Liberal Youth.

Publications

Liberal International has two main publications. The first, LI-news is a weekly dossier of news items that are relevant to the organization's member parties or cooperating organizations. The second, Liberal Matters, is a magazine published several times a year highlighting a particular liberal theme.

Members

Ruling parties in bold.

Full members

Observer parties

Cooperating organisations

Liberal think tanks and foundations

The International is also in a loose association with the following organizations:

See also

References

External links

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