CALD NEWS YOU CAN USE Week of 28 of March – 3 of April 2017

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CALD NEWS YOU CAN USE

Week of 28 of March – 3 of April 2017

CALD Youth Elects New Officers in Hong Kong

The youth wing for the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats, most commonly referred to as CALD Youth, elected two new officers for the year 2017-2019 during the concluding day of the newly inaugurated CALD Youth Political Academy in Hong Kong. The electing body, represented by nine out of the ten CALD full-member parties (i.e. Civil Will-Green Party of Mongolia, Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan, Singapore Democratic Party, Liberal Party of the Philippines, Democrat Party of Thailand, Cambodia National Rescue Party, Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, and the Nation Awakening Party of Indonesia), elected Mr. Ivanpal Singh Grewal of the Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (PGRM) as the new CALD Youth Chairperson, and Ms. Yu-Jung Chen of the Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan as the Secretary General.
http://cald.org/cald-youth-elects-new-officers-in-hong-kong/

 

Vice President Leni Robredo, together with other Liberal Party lawmakers, will meet with the South African parliament in a roundtable discussion on corruption
http://www.rappler.com/nation/165650-leni-robredo-south-africa-womens-conference
The one-year-old government of Ms Aung San Suu Kyi retained most of its seats in Myanmar by-election yesterday but braced itself for symbolic losses in ethnic minority areas as results from the 19-seat poll trickled in.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/suu-kyis-party-retains-most-seats-in-early-by-election-results
Nine leaders of Hong Kong’s 2014 democracy protests appeared in court on Thursday after their surprise summons, charged with inciting the street occupation that paralyzed parts of the city for months in what some expect to be a long legal battle.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-politics-idUSKBN1710J4
On Thursday March 16th our international drug policy work took a new turn, when we presented “Human Rights Challenge: Responding to Extrajudicial Killings in the Drug War,” a side event at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting in Vienna. The event addressed the situation in the Philippines, in which the new president of the country, former Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, entered office last summer promising to slaughter large numbers of purported drug suspects. More than 7,000 people have been killed in the Philippines at the time of this writing, by police or vigilantes.
http://stopthedrugwar.org
/chronicle/2017/mar/31/vienna_side_event_EJKs
On the 25th March, exactly 60 Years after the signing of the Rome Treaty and just a few hundred meters away from Val Duchesse were the Treaty was drafted, Friedrich Naumann Foundation and ALDE Party invited the liberal community to celebrate the occasion which paved the way and laid the foundation of what is now the European Union.
https://fnf-europe.org/2017/03/30/eu60-looking-back-in-order-to-move-forward/
CALD NEWS YOU CAN USE
WEEK OF 28 of March – 3 of April 2017
BURMA
By-elections to test Aung San Suu Kyi’s popularity

April 2 2017
http://www.aljazeera.com/
news/2017/04/elections-test-aung-san-suu-kyi-popularity-170401051907341.html
Suu Kyi unveils health policy
April 1 2017
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/politics/8593

One Year On, Aung San Suu Kyi Struggles to Unite a Fractured Myanmar
March 30 2017
http://time.com/4714808/myanmar-burma-aung-san-suu-kyi-anniversary/

One Year On, Aung San Suu Kyi Struggles to Unite a Fractured Myanmar
March 30 2017
http://time.com/4714808/
myanmar-burma-aung-san-suu-kyi-anniversary/

CAMBODIA
UN body critiques party law amendments
March 30 2017
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/
news/37042/un-body-critiques-party-law-amendments/

INDONESIA
Jokowi not trying to promote secularism in Indonesia: Party official
March 29 2017
http://www.todayonline.com/
world/asia/jokowi-not-trying-promote-secularism-indonesia-party-official

PHILIPPINES
Duterte woes self-inflicted — Pangilinan
March 30 2017
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/
884942/duterte-woes-self-inflicted-pangilinan

Leni denies stalling Marcos poll protest
March 30 2017
http://www.philstar.com/
headlines/2017/03/30/1685956/leni-denies-stalling-marcos-poll-protest

SINGAPORE
Chee Soon Juan : Free trade deals – we’ve been had
March 30 2017
https://www.theonlinecitizen.com
/2017/03/30/chee-soon-juan-free-trade-deals-weve-been-had/

 

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Regional Liberal Networks Meeting in 61st LI Congress (70th Anniversary Congress)

Theme: Role of Regional Liberal Networks in Addressing Threats to Freedom
18-21 May 2017
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