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IFLRY ISSUE #20
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In this ISSUE, we present the draft Action Plan for 2016-2018 and invite our Member Organisations to submit suggestions for amendments and additions. 

IFLRY has also presented several statements, as well as celebrated International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Read on to see what has been, and what will be, happening in the world of IFLRY!

Yours in liberalism,

Pauline Kastermans (President)
On behalf of the IFLRY Bureau 2016-2018

Globalizing Freedom 
 
 
What should IFLRY focus on and prioritise? Input welcome!
 
Over the next 2 years, we are looking forward to develop IFLRY further as a political player, provider of political education, facilitator of dialogue, and as a platform for our member organisations to network and exchange ideas.

At the core of the Action Plan is the belief that IFLRY should truly function as a federation, and therefore the input by its member organisations, programme managers and regional networks is key. For input, questions and feedback please send an email to IFLRY President Pauline Kastermans (pauline.kastermans@iflry.org) before June 6th.

For those interested in hearing more about the Action Plan, the Bureau organises a Skype meeting on 5 June, 7:30pm CET. Please let us know whether you would be interested to join (also via pauline.kastermans@iflry.org).
 
IFLRY condemn the treatment of prisoners in Egypt
 
In the past week IFLRY has added its voice to support Human Rights activists campaigning for the protection of Egyptian detainees, many of whom are political prisoners, during the deadly heat waves that Egypt is currently experiencing. Many activists that are critical of President Sisi and the Egyptian authorities have been detained are being held in unsatisfactory and unsafe conditions.

IFLRY therefore calls upon the Egyptian government to address the situation immediately—before it results in a catastrophic loss of human life. We further urge the Egyptian government to adhere to and to implement Article 10 of the United Nation’s Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners. The full statement can be read here. 

IFLRY issue joint statement with 3H Hareketi calling on the UN to issue a statement against Erdogan
 
In a joint statement, IFLRY President Pauline Kastermans and 3H Hareketi (IFLRY Full Member) President Muhammed Tuna called upon the United Nations to issue a statement denouncing the actions of President Erdogan in removing the immunity of MPs from persecution, which exposes pro-Kurdish and other members of the opposition to be persecuted for alleged involvement with terrorist organisations. The full statement can be read here.

 
IFLRY News from Liberal International's 196th Executive Committee
 
From 20 to 22 May liberals from around the world gathered in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, to discuss the increasingly central theme of ‘Safeguarding Freedom and Security’ - as well as to confirm the mandate of the members of LI’s increasingly important Human Rights Committee. We would like to congratulate IFLRY's President, Pauline Kastermans, on her successful appointment as a member of LI's Human Rights Committee where she will work with other members to bring together the work of civil society and politics and advocate it in front of, among other platforms, the United Nations.

Also in attendance was IFLRY's former President, Christian Scharling (pictured), who spoke on the panel 'Cyber-Security: how to deal with threats from abroad?' which focused on liberal solutions to cyber-crime, without compromising the right to personal privacy. Cyber security has never been more important, but is constantly forgotten in public. Christian underlined the importance of the topic for young people everywhere. 
Member Organisation Upcoming Events 

LUF Congress, Sweden
 
LUF invites you to join in their annual congress, taking place between 5th and 7th of August in the city of Uppsala, near Stockholm. They will be discussing political issues, debate the organisation, elect a new board as well as a new president. LUF is very happy to welcome guests from around the world! If you are interested in coming to Sweden, please talk to Dan Aria Sucuri, chairman of LUF's International Committee. You can reach him at dan-aria.sucuri@luf.se


Jonge Democraten, The Netherlands
 
From the 17th of June until the 19th of June the Jonge Democraten (JD) will hold its annual Summer Congress. Here we will discuss resolutions, finances, elect a new board, invite guest speakers, have fringe meetings and ofcourse have an awesome party! For anyone interested in joining, please request details from Arvid Plugge at internationaal@jd.nl . 


Norges Unge Venstre (Young liberals of Norway) 
 
There are still a few places left for NUV's summer camp, taking place 16th to the 21st of July, and costing1350 NOK, around 140 Euro. This covers travel within Norway, food and a bed in one of the cabins. For those that are interested, please contact Elin Engerbakk on elin.engerbakk@venstre.no
 
To have your event publicised in the next ISSUE, please send details to office@iflry.org
IFLRY Attends Bonn Climate Change Conference
 
From 16th May, Özgür Özer (3H Hareketi) and Justin Kaiser (YLC) attended the Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, in which the two main subsidiary bodies of the UNFCCC, and the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement met for the first time since the 196 parties adopted the historic agreement last December. 

As part of IFLRY's Climate Change Programme, Justin and Özgür participated and followed the meetings alongside youth NGOs from around the globe, with the overall goal of the conference to start the process of operationalizing and implementing the decisions in the Paris Agreement, and to set the agenda for COP22 in November.

Justin and Özgür's daily reporting from the Conference can be read on the IFLRY Climate Change Programme Facebook page
IFLRY represented at YLC Biennial Convention in Winnipeg, Canada
 
IFLRY Secretary-General Tone Bjørndal and Treasurer Danylo Korbabicz are pictured alongside incoming Young Liberals of Canada President Mira Ahmad and outgoing President Justin Kaiser. 

Secretary-General Tone Bjørndal spoke on a panel concerning international liberal policy and campaigns and the opportunities for youth from Canada to become in involved with IFLRY, as well as sharing her own story of how she became politically active within IFLRY. 

We look forward to working with YLC and Mira further over the coming years!
First IFLRY local event of 2016 to take place in Skopje, Macedonia
 
In line with our 2016 Council of Europe funded work plan, we are holding our first local event in Skopje, Macedonia. This three-day seminar, “You(th) in the <3 of Decision-Making in Times of Political Transition”, is to be held from the 30th of June to the 3rd of July 2016. It will aim to inform participants, who will learn both from trainers and from the experiences of other participants, on the potential role of youth in influencing policymaking during periods of political transition, as defined by the context of Macedonia. We invite participants from the Balkans who will share best practices and their own experiences, empowering young people to actively engage in decision making processes within their own nations 

For applicants from the Balkans, please see the invitation letter and application form here. 
IFLRY celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. 
 
Our member organisations are tireless campaigners for LGBT rights across the Globe - and on behalf of them IFLRY advocates for: Everyone to be respected and treated equally, no matter their gender or sexual orientation; The abolition of laws that discriminate LGBT persons; That governments put these issues on the agenda; The recognition of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as grounds for asylum.

We believe in globalising freedom. For everyone.
IFLRY Vice-President Anders Rehnberg Addresses CUF Congress
 
On the 5th of May IFLRY VP Anders Rehnberg visited the congress of Centerpartiets ungdomsförbund (IFLRY Full Member) in Kungsbacka, Sweden. He spoke about the push-back of freedom in the world and how important it is that young liberals stands together in defending liberal values. We look forward to cooperating and hope to meet young liberals from CUF at our next event! 
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