CALD News You Can Use Week of 18 – 24 February 2014

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CALD News You Can Use

Week of 18 – 24 February 2014

 CALD & FNF

CALD Women’s Caucus in Human Rights and Democracy Summit

Cambodian MP Mu Sochua will be representing the CALD Women’s Caucus in the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy on 25 February 2014, ahead of the annual UN Human Rights Council’s main session.

Speaker’s Profile: http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/140/mu_sochua

Programme: http://www.genevasummit.org/program

BURMA

Statement by UN special envoy on human rights, Tomas Ojea Quintana

21 February 2014

The United Nations special envoy on human rights in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, released the statement below at a news conference at Yangon International Airport on February 19 before leaving the country after his last visit in his UN role.

I have just concluded my mission to Myanmar, which lasted for six days – my ninth visit to the country, which is also my final visit since I have now served the maximum of six years on this mandate.  I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Government of Myanmar for its invitation and organisation of this visit, and the cooperation it has shown me during the past six years.

http://www.mizzima.com/opinion/commentary/item/10928-statement-by-un-special-envoy-on-human-rights-tomas-ojea-quintana

Suu Kyi calls for nation-building at literary festival

17 February 2014

Speaking at the Irrawaddy Literary Festival in Mandalay on Saturday, Burmese pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi said she wants to see Burmese people participating in nation-building.

“What I want are people who understand why they want a united peaceful prosperous country,” she told a packed room at the Mandalay Hill Resort.

http://www.dvb.no/news/suu-kyi-calls-for-nation-building-at-literary-festival-burma-myanmar/37345

CAMBODIA

Opposition Threatens To Withdraw form Political Negotiations

20 February 2014

Opposition officials said Thursday they could pull out of political negotiations once again due to intimidation by the ruling party.

Cambodia National Rescue Party officials say they have faced continued intimidation during meetings with supporters in the provinces, where members of the police and military police exercise a show of force aimed at opposition rallies.

Rescue Party President Sam Rainsy said Thursday negations cannot take place “at gun point.”

http://www.voacambodia.com/content/opposition-threatens-to-withdraw-form-political-negotiations/1855599.html

Joint Statement of the Cambodia National Rescue Party and the Cambodian People’s Party Working Group

18 February 2014

http://www.nationalrescueparty.org/joint-statement-of-the-cambodian-peoples-party-and-the-cambodia-national-rescue-party-working-group/

PHILIPPINES

Philippine President Aquino to visit Malaysia late February

20 February 2014

From the Department of Foreign Affairs

President Benigno S. Aquino III will undertake a state visit to Malaysia on February 27-28, 2014, upon the invitation of Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak.

The President and Prime Minister Najib are expected to discuss the upcoming signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. The government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed the Annex on Normalization, the last of the four annexes of the GPH-MILF Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, on January 25, 2014.

Malaysia has facilitated the GPH-MILF peace talks since 2001, and has hosted the talks in Kuala Lumpur. They will also discuss matters of mutual concern between the Philippines and Malaysia, including political, economic and defense cooperation.

The President will keynote a business opportunities forum with members of the Malaysian business community, where he is expected to highlight the Philippines’ positive economic growth, and invite them to invest in the country, particularly in Mindanao. He will also hold meetings with Malaysian businesses and corporations.

http://www.gov.ph/2014/02/20/president-aquino-to-visit-malaysia-late-february/

TAIWAN

DPP Chair Su Tseng-chang meets with U.S. congressional delegation visiting Taiwan

20 February 2014

At the DPP Headquarters yesterday (Feb. 20), DPP Chair Su Tseng-chang met with an U.S. Congressional Delegation led by Representative Edward R. Royce, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Also part of the delegation were Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH); Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA); Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC); Representative Randy Weber (R-TX); Representative Luke Messer (R-IN); Representative Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam) and Representative Joseph P. Kennedy, III (D-MA).

http://dpptaiwan.blogspot.tw/2014/02/dpp-chair-su-tseng-chang-meets-iwth-us.html

THAILAND

 “We deserve better: it’s time to restart Thailand” – Abhisit Vejjajiva

20 February 2014

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/opinion/We-deserve-better-its-time-to-restart-Thailand-30227250.html

INTERNATIONAL

Liberal International’s 59th Congress in De Doelen Centre

20 February 2014

The venue for Liberal International’s 59th Congress has been confirmed.

LI is pleased to announce that De Doelen Centre, located in the heart of #Rotterdam, will host liberals from LI member parties around the world.

https://www.facebook.com/LiberalInternational/photos/gm.1448581028705221/711548702210031/?type=1&relevant_count=1

IFLRY & LYMEC Joint Statement on Ukraine

19 February 2014

http://interim.iflry.com/ukraine-feb14/

IFLRY Statement on the situation in Venezuela

18 February 2014

http://interim.iflry.com/statement_venezuela/

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