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|Formation||April 1947, constituted with the Oxford Manifesto|
|Purpose||World federation of liberal political parties and organisations|
|Headquarters||National Liberal Club|
|Membership||106 (as of December 2018)|
|President||Hakima El Haite|
|Main organ||Congress of Liberal International|
Liberal International (LI) is the political international federation for liberal political parties. 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. Its headquarters are at 1 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2HD within the National Liberal Club. The Oxford Manifesto describes the basic political principles of the Liberal International.
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, America, Asia and Europe are respect for human rights, free and fair elections and multi-party democracy, social justice, tolerance, market economy, 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.
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The bureau of Liberal International is elected every 18 months by the delegates of the congress.
The 14th president of Liberal International is Hakima el Haite of the Mouvement Populaire (Morocco), is former a Minister of Environment, UN climate champion, and climate scientist. Madam El Haite succeeded Dr Juli Minoves, formerly Andorra's foreign minister and representative to the United Nations.
Former Presidents include Hans Van Baalen MEP, John, Lord Alderdice, Dutch politician and former European Commissioner Frits Bolkestein, German politician Otto Graf Lambsdorff, and Spain's first democratically elected prime minister after Francoist Spain, Adolfo Suárez.
Other members of the bureau include Deputy President Prof. Karl-Heinz Paque, and Vice Presidents Cellou Dalein Diallo [Guinea]; Kitty Monterrey [Nicaragua]; Abir al-Sahlani [Sweden]; Kiat Sittheamorn [Thailand]; and Robert Woodthorpe Browne MBE [United Kingdom]. There are two elected treasurers, Judith Pallares MP [Andorra] and Minister Omar Youm [Senegal]. The secretary general is Gordon Mackay, a former Member of Parliament from South Africa.
Liberal International awards prizes to worthy individuals in the fields of human rights and liberalism.
Prize for Freedom:
The Liberal International Prize for Freedom is LI's most prestigious human rights award. Conveyed annually since 1984 to an individual who of liberal conviction who has made outstanding efforts for the defence of freedom and human rights, recipients include Maria Corina Machado [Venezuela], Senator Leila de Lima [Philippines], Raif Badawi [Saudi Arabia], Waris Dirie [Somalia], and Vaclav Havel [Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic].
Medal of Liberalism:
The Liberal International Medal of Liberalism is awarded to individuals who have worked to advance liberal values on a local, national and international level. Recipients include President Alassane Ouattara [Côte d'Ivoire]; Prime Minister Xavier Bettel [Luxembourg]; President Tsai, Ing-wen [Republic of China]; Sir Graham Watson [United Kingdom].
The LI Human Rights Bulletin is published three times per year and consists of opinion articles, video interviews and digest of the work of the LI human rights committee.
Thematic publications are published online and in print on an ad hoc basis. Recent texts have offered a liberal perspective on issues ranging from freedom of belief to the responsibility to protect. ʒ
The Oxford Manifesto, drawn up in April 1947 at Wadham College in Oxford by representatives from 19 liberal political parties, led by Salvador de Madariaga, is a document describing the basic political principles of the Liberal International.
The Oxford Manifesto was inspired by the ideas of William Beveridge and is regarded as one of the defining political documents of the 20 century.
Fifty years on, in 1997, Liberal International returned to Oxford and issued a supplement to the original manifesto, The Liberal Agenda for the 21st century, describing Liberal policies in greater detail. The second Oxford Manifesto was adopted by the 48th Congress of Liberal International, which was held on 27–30 November 1997 in the Oxford Town Hall. In 2017, the global federation marked its 70th anniversary with the adoption of the Andorra Liberal Manifesto for the twenty-first century (ALM). A three-year project across numerous continents initiated by then president Juli Minoves, the ALM embodied the widest consultation of views undertaken by Liberal International in order to compile a policy document.
|1||Salvador de Madariaga|
| United Kingdom|
|20 April 1948||18 April 1952||Association|
Mont Pelerin Society
|Belgium||18 April 1952||20 April 1958||Liberal Party|
|Italy||20 April 1958||15 April 1966||Italian Liberal Party|
|Netherlands||15 April 1966||25 April 1970||People's Party for Freedom and Democracy|
|Luxembourg||25 April 1970||18 April 1982||Democratic Party|
|Italy||18 April 1982||26 April 1989||Italian Liberal Party|
|Spain||26 April 1989||22 April 1992||Democratic and Social Centre|
|7||Otto Graf Lambsdorff|
|Germany||22 April 1992||25 April 1994||Free Democratic Party|
|United Kingdom||25 April 1994||15 April 1996||Liberal Democrats|
|Netherlands||15 April 1996||18 April 2000||People's Party for Freedom and Democracy|
|Belgium||18 April 2000||25 April 2005||Open Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten|
|United Kingdom||25 April 2005||20 April 2009||Liberal Democrats|
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
|12||Hans van Baalen|
|Netherlands||20 April 2009||26 April 2014||People's Party for Freedom and Democracy|
|Andorra||26 April 2014||30 November 2018||Liberal Party of Andorra|
|14||Hakima El Haite|
|Morocco||30 November 2018||Incumbent||Popular Movement|
Incumbent heads of state and government
Alexander De Croo
Republic of China
|Andorra||Liberal Party of Andorra||junior party in government coalition|
|Belgium||Reform Movement||in government coalition|
|Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats||in government coalition|
|Bulgaria||Movement for Rights and Freedoms||in opposition|
|Burkina Faso||Alliance for Democracy and Federation – African Democratic Rally||in opposition|
|Burundi||Alliance démocratique pour le renouveau||in opposition|
|Cambodia||Cambodia National Rescue Movement||extraparliamentary opposition|
|Canada||Liberal Party of Canada||in government|
|Chile||Liberal Party of Chile||in opposition|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Alliance pour le renouveau au Congo||in opposition|
|Côte d'Ivoire||Rally of the Republicans||in government|
|Croatia||Istrian Democratic Assembly||in opposition|
|Cuba||Cuban Liberal Union||in exile|
|Democratic Solidarity Party||in opposition|
|National Liberal Party||in opposition|
|Denmark||Danish Social Liberal Party||support party to government|
|Liberal Party||in opposition|
|Estonia||Estonian Reform Party||senior party in government coalition|
|Finland||Centre Party||junior party in government coalition|
|Swedish People's Party||junior party in government coalition|
|Georgia||Republican Party of Georgia||in opposition|
|Germany||German Group of the LI||N/A|
|Free Democratic Party||in opposition|
|Gibraltar||Liberal Party||junior party in government coalition|
|Guinea||Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea||in opposition|
|Union of Republican Forces||in opposition|
|Honduras||Liberal Party||in opposition|
|Iceland||Progressive Party||junior party in government coalition|
|Ireland||Fianna Fáil||senior party in government coalition|
|Israel||Israeli Liberal Group||N/A|
|Kenya||Orange Democratic Movement||in opposition|
|Kosovo||Independent Liberal Party||in opposition|
|Lebanon||Future Movement||senior party in government coalition|
|Luxembourg||Democratic Party||senior party in government coalition|
|Madagascar||Movement for the Progress of Madagascar||in opposition|
|Mexico||New Alliance Party||in opposition|
|Mongolia||Civil Will-Green Party||extraparliamentary opposition|
|Montenegro||Liberal Party of Montenegro||junior party in government coalition|
|Morocco||Constitutional Union||in opposition|
|Popular Movement||junior party in government coalition|
|Netherlands||Democrats 66||junior party in government coalition|
|Dutch Group of LI||N/A|
|People's Party for Freedom and Democracy||senior party in government coalition|
|Nicaragua||Ciudadanos por la Libertad||in opposition|
|North Macedonia||Liberal Democratic Party||junior party in government coalition|
|Norway||Liberal Party||junior party in government coalition|
|Paraguay||Authentic Radical Liberal Party||in opposition|
|Philippines||Liberal Party||in opposition|
|Senegal||Alliance pour la République||in government|
|Rewmi||junior party in government coalition|
|Senegalese Democratic Party||in opposition|
|Slovenia||Modern Centre Party||junior party in government coalition|
|Somalia||CAHDI Party||in opposition|
|South Africa||Democratic Alliance||in opposition|
|Spain||Democràcia i Llibertat||N/A|
|Sweden||Liberals||support party to government|
|Centre Party||support party to government|
|Switzerland||FDP.The Liberals||junior party in government coalition|
|Taiwan (Republic of China)||Democratic Progressive Party||in government|
|Tanzania||Civic United Front||in opposition / in coalition in autonomous region of Zanzibar|
|Thailand||Democrat Party||in government coalition|
|United Kingdom||Alliance Party of Northern Ireland||in coalition government in Northern Irish Assembly, in opposition at national level|
|Liberal International British Group||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||junior member in coalition government in the Welsh Parliament, in opposition at national level|
|Worldwide||International Federation of Liberal Youth||N/A|
|International Network of Liberal Women||N/A|
|Austria||NEOS – The New Austria and Liberal Forum||in opposition|
|Brazil||Brazilian Group of Liberal International||N/A|
|Burkina Faso||Union pour le Progrès et le Changement||in opposition|
|Comoros||Alliance Nationale pour les Comores||extraparliamentary opposition|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Union pour la reconstruction du Congo||in opposition|
|Republic of the Congo||Union des Democrates Humanistes (UDH-YUKI)||N/A|
|Cyprus||United Democrats||extraparliamentary opposition|
|Ghana||Progressive People's Party||in opposition|
|Italy||Italian Group of Liberal International||N/A|
|Madagascar||Arche de la Nation||in opposition|
|Malaysia||Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia||in opposition|
|People's Justice Party||in opposition|
|Mali||Citizens' Party for the Renewal of Mali||extraparliamentary opposition|
|Union pour la République et la Démocratie (URD)||N/A|
|Mauritania||Rally for Mauritania||in opposition|
|Moldova||Liberal Reformist Party||extraparliamentary opposition|
|Romania||Alianta Liberalilor si Democratilor din Romania (ALDE-R)||N/A|
|Singapore||Singapore Democratic Party||extraparliamentary opposition|
|Hong Kong||Mr Martin Lee – founding chairman of Democratic Party||in opposition|
Cooperating and regional organisations are groups with a recognised status in the constitution of Liberal International as bodies that share the values and objectives of LI but do not operate as a political party. Co-operating organisations have the right of representation but in no case the right to vote at statutory events.
|Africa Liberal Network||Africa|
|Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats||Asia|
|Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (ALDE-PACE)||Europe|
|Friedrich Naumann Stiftung|
|Fondazione Libro Aperto|
|Fondazione Luigi Einaudi|
|Neue Zürcher Zeitung|
|Swedish International Liberal Centre|
|Red Liberal de América Latina||Latin America|
|Arab Liberal Federation||MENA|
|National Democratic Institute||North America|
Liberal think tanks and foundations
The International is also in a loose association with the following organisations:
|Centre Jean Gol||Belgium|
|Fondazione Luigi Einaudi||Italy|
|Fondazione Critica Liberale|
|The Bertil Ohlin Institute||Sweden|
|Education Policy Institute||United Kingdom|
|European Liberal Forum||Europe|
- Liberalism by country
- Prize For Freedom
- Alliance of Democrats (defunct)
- European Democratic Party
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