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Liberals discussed the world

Sergei Mitrokhins blog at the Echo Moskvi web-site
November 3, 2009

The 56th Congress of the Liberal International (LI) where I took part, finished its work on Saturday night in Cairo.

The congress adopted basic resolution World Today, which, in my view is a very interesting document. It provides liberal assessment of the situation in different countries and regions of the world.

In terms of examples:

The congress approved election of Barack Obama noting that he had won under the slogans of active civil position, tolerance, dialogue, rights of individuals, freedom and democracy.

[The congress also noted that] Honduras had been going through a period of serious disturbances provoked by the violation of its Constitution by the President of the Republic.

Liberal International also expressed its concern with the political situation and the continued spread of nationalism and populism in Venezuela under the Hugo Chavez regime. LI condemned Venezuelan presidents continuous attacks on the opposition, NGOs and the independent media. The new Law on media crimes aims to limit freedoms, control and regulate all content of media outlets and to threaten journalists with up to four years in prison. The congress also collected signatures under a petition to free 23 dissidents imprisoned by Chavez without any trial. I also put my signature.

LI also marked suppression of mass media in Argentina under its President Kirchner. Further LI expressed concern with the rising wave of nationalism and populism in Bolivia, with the authoritarian policies of the countrys president Evo Morales virtually leading the country to a split.

Regarding the situation in Somali LI expressed its support to the Transitional Federal Government against the extremist Al Shabaab movement controlling a large part of the country. LI also condemned Singapores recently passed Public Order Act restricting human rights and freedoms and giving more power to the police.

These are only some of the assessments.

The resolution deals with dozens of countries. It also touches on the global problems, such as climate change and rise of drugs traffic.

As regards the situation in Russia, the congress noted that its opposing the legislation which had extended the term of the Russian Presidency from four to six years, going against the basic democratic rule of governmental change and leading to the growth of bureaucratic supremacy and corruption in Russia.

On my initiative the congress also expressed its concern about the ongoing trends towards the abolition of fair, competitive elections and the curbing of human rights in Russia.

Further developing this thesis I submitted to the congress a separate resolution on the election fraud in Russia on October 11, 2009. The congress adopted it and expressed its concern in view of unprecedented falsifications of the elections results and violations of the law, which was confirmed by observers from all the political parties except for the ruling party, the congress called the Russian authorities to observe Russias obligations under its membership in the OSCE and in the Council of Europe on ensuring free and fair elections in the country.

LI presumed that proceeding from these obligations the Russian authorities should conduct a complex inspection of the complaints of the actions (or negligence) of election commissions in all the Russian Federation subjects, all the evidence of fraud published by the mass media and punish all those guilty of the election fraud, as well as take urgent remedy measures up to recognising the elections void, and conduct new elections.

I also submitted an amendment on the assessment of the Russian-Georgian conflict of 2008 into the final resolution World Today. The initial paragraph of the resolution laid all the blame for the developments in the South Ossetia and escalation of the conflict on the Russian side only and made a conclusion that the integration into NATO of aspiring states such as Georgia will contribute further to democratisation and stabilisation on the European continent.

I told to the delegates that the European Commission admitted that had been Georgia which had initiated the conflict. Consequently, the congress adopted my text, laying the blame to the escalation of tensions on both the sides, the new version did not contain any calls to admitting Georgia into NATO. The congress called Russia and Georgia to refrain from hasty political steps and statements leading to further escalation of tensions. LI calls all parties involved to guarantee the human rights of all civilians who suffered from the conflict.

In particular, I had in mind here Russian soldiers wounded in this conflict, as well as relatives of the victims who had not get any deserving aid or compensation from the Russian state.


See also:

YABLOKO Sister-Parties

Moscow City Duma Elections, 2009

Human Rights




Sergei Mitrokhins blog at the Echo Moskvi web-site

November 3, 2009