CALD NEWS YOU CAN USE Week of 14 – 28 of February 2017

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Week of 14 – 28 of February 2017

CALD Passes Resolutions on Cambodia and the Philippines as part of its efforts to tackle new Rising Threats to Freedom

“We liberals and democrats are concerned about the rising threats to freedom in Asia. We devoted the past three days to discuss effective responses to the current political situation in the region – from the recent arrest of a Liberal Party senator in the Philippines, the elections in Indonesia and Hong Kong, to the amendments of the political party law in Cambodia. As a result the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) passed two resolutions on Cambodia and the Philippines condemning efforts to curtail political rights”, said Abhisit Vejjajiva, the current CALD Chairperson.

Quo Vadis, Liberalism? is the title of the latest annual report of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD).  The report, which documents the political party network’s activities last year, is set to be officially released on the occasion of CALD’s 35th Executive Committee Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand this weekend.
CALD resolution expressing alarm on ‘creeping authoritarianism’ in the Philippines as a consequence of its continuing war on drugs.

CALD Resolution No.1 S.2017

CALD is aware of the recent efforts made by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to amend political party laws in order to prevent convicts from assuming leadership positions, or this could lead to the dissolution of their parties. This initiative interestingly occurs ahead of the commune elections and general elections in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

CALD Statement No. 1 S. 2017

An alliance of “liberal and democratic political parties” in Asia warned of “creeping authoritarianism” in the Philippines following the arrest of Sen. Leila de Lima.

In a resolution issued Saturday, the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) said it “urges Filipinos and the international community to remain vigilant” against this.

The Senate on Monday, February 27, stripped 3 Liberal Party senators and their ally of committee chairmanships, following the arrest of their party mate Senator Leila de Lima.
I am prepared to be the “first political prisoner of this regime” declared Senator Leila de Lima – a brave and outspoken critic of hard-line president Rodrigo Duterte – ahead of a court order to arrest the Liberal Party of the Philippines (LPP – LI full member) legislator today, Thursday 23 October.
Bringing together human rights heroes from around the world, prominent liberal leaders demanded bolder efforts to secure international justice and freedom at the 9th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy which, co-hosted by Liberal International, took place in Geneva, Switzerland this week.
Key European Liberals on Saturday decried the arrest of Liberal Party (LP) Sen. Leila de Lima on what they said were “politically motivated” drug charges, vowing to rally European Union and global support for the release of the lawmaker, who  described herself as “the first political prisoner” under President Duterte.
On 11 February 2017, Sam Rainsy resigned from his role as leader of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP). Rainsy made it clear to the public that his resignation was a ‘pre-emptive measure’ to save the CNRP from being dissolved as Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened to introduce new legislation that would dissolve any political party whose leader is a convicted criminal.
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Week of February 14 – 28 2017
CALD Consultative Meeting on the Liberal Manifesto 2017

Asian liberal parties flag
De Lima’s arrest as threat to freedom

February 27 2017

Myanmar’s Peace Process:
Troubleshooting the Deadlock

February 27 2017

Cambodia’s leader just cracked down on
the opposition, and the consequences
will be dramatic

February 24 2017

Hun Sen Pledges to Keep
Cambodia’s Elections on Schedule

February 24 2017

PDIP Politician on Significance
of King Salman’s Visit

February 27 2017

Jokowi Not Anti-Democracy: PDI-P Politician
February 24 2017

Watchdog blasts special
perks for Leila

February 27 2017

Asian liberal parties flag
De Lima’s arrest as threat to freedom

February 27 2017

Noy joins EDSA rites,
denies LP destab moves

February 26 2017

70 years after Taiwan’s ‘White Terror’,
relatives of victims still seeking justice

February 26 2017

Political discourse in the age of
fake news and alternative facts

February 27 2017

Geneva Summit for Human Rights
to see scores of recently-released
political prisoners at UN

February 16 2017


CALD Youth Political Academy (CYPA) 2017
23 – 27 March 2017
Hong Kong

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