Liberal International (LI) is the
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political parties. It was founded in
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in 1947, and has become the pre-eminent network for liberal parties and for the strengthening of liberalism around the world. Its headquarters are at 1 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2HD within the
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National Liberal Club
. The
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describes the basic political principles of the Liberal International.


The Liberal International Constitution (2005) gives its purposes as The principles that unite member parties from Africa, America, Asia and Europe are respect for human rights, free and fair elections and
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and a strong sense of international solidarity. The aims of Liberal International are also set out in a series of seven manifestos, written between 1946 and 1997, and are furthered by a variety of bodies including a near yearly conference for liberal parties and individuals from around the world.


The bureau of Liberal International is elected every 18 months by the delegates of the congress. The 14th president of Liberal International is Hakima el Haite of the Mouvement Populaire (Morocco), is a former Minister of Environment, UN climate champion, and climate scientist. Madam El Haite succeeded Dr Juli Minoves, formerly Andorra's foreign minister and representative to the
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. Former Presidents include
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, German politician
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, and Spain's first democratically elected prime minister after Francoist Spain,
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. Other members of the bureau include Deputy President Prof. Karl-Heinz Paque, and Vice Presidents
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weden Kiat Sittheamorn [Thailand]; and Robert Woodthorpe Browne MBE [United Kingdom]. There are two elected treasurers, Judith Pallares MP [Andorra] and Minister Omar Youm [Senegal]. The secretary general is Gordon Mackay, a former Member of Parliament from South Africa.


Liberal International awards prizes to worthy individuals in the fields of human rights and liberalism. Prize for Freedom: The Liberal International Prize for Freedom is LI's most prestigious human rights award. Conveyed annually since 1984 to an individual of liberal conviction who has made outstanding efforts for the defence of freedom and human rights, recipients include María Corina Machado, Maria Corina Machado [Venezuela], Senator Leila de Lima [Philippines], Raif Badawi [Saudi Arabia], Waris Dirie [Somalia], and Václav Havel, Vaclav Havel [Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic]. Medal of Liberalism: The Liberal International Medal of Liberalism is awarded to individuals who have worked to advance liberal values on a local, national and international level. Recipients include President Alassane Ouattara [Côte d'Ivoire]; Prime Minister Xavier Bettel [Luxembourg]; President Tsai Ing-wen, Tsai, Ing-wen [Republic of China]; Sir Graham Watson [United Kingdom].


The ''LI Human Rights Bulletin'' is published three times per year and consists of opinion articles, video interviews and digest of the work of the LI human rights committee. ''Thematic publications'' are published online and in print on an ''ad hoc'' basis. Recent texts have offered a liberal perspective on issues ranging from freedom of belief to the responsibility to protect. ʒ

Oxford Manifesto

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, drawn up in April 1947 at Wadham College in
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by representatives from 19 liberal political parties, led by Salvador de Madariaga, is a document describing the basic political principles of the Liberal International. The Oxford Manifesto was inspired by the ideas of William Beveridge and is regarded as one of the defining political documents of the 20 century. Fifty years on, in 1997, Liberal International returned to Oxford and issued a supplement to the original manifesto, ''The Liberal Agenda for the 21st century'', describing Liberal policies in greater detail. The second Oxford Manifesto was adopted by the 48th Congress of Liberal International, which was held on 27–30 November 1997 in the Oxford Town Hall. In 2017, the global federation marked its 70th anniversary with the adoption of the Andorra Liberal Manifesto for the twenty-first century (ALM). A three-year project across numerous continents initiated by then president Juli Minoves, the ALM embodied the widest consultation of views undertaken by Liberal International in order to compile a policy document.




Incumbent heads of state and government

File:Prime Minister Trudeau - 2020 (cropped).jpg, Justin Trudeau
File:Mark Rutte 2015 (1) (cropped).jpg, Mark Rutte
File:Yair Lapid 2021 (cropped).jpg, Yair Lapid
File:Informal meeting of ministers responsible for development (FAC). Arrivals Alexander De Croo (36766610160) (cropped2).jpg, Alexander De Croo
File:Micheál Martin (official portrait) 2020 (cropped).jpg, Micheál Martin
File:Kaja Kallas in 2016 (cropped).jpg, Kaja Kallas
File:Tallinn Digital Summit. Handshake Xavier Bettel and Jüri Ratas (36718144533) CROP BETTEL.jpg, Xavier Bettel
File:Macky Sall 2015-12-02.jpg, Macky Sall
File:蔡英文官方元首肖像照.png, Tsai Ing-wen
File:A. Ouattara.jpg, Alassane Ouattara
File:Charles Michel (49467991288).jpg, ''Charles Michel''

Full members

Observer parties

Individual member

Cooperating organizations

Cooperating and regional organisations are groups with a recognised status in the constitution of Liberal International as bodies that share the values and objectives of LI but do not operate as a political party. Co-operating organisations have the right of representation but in no case the right to vote at statutory events.

Liberal think tanks and foundations

The International is also in a loose association with the following organisations:

See also

*Liberalism by country *Prize For Freedom *Alliance of Democrats (political international), Alliance of Democrats (defunct) *European Democratic Party


External links

Liberal International
official site
The Liberal Agenda for the 21st century
*Former LI Vice Presiden
Bi-khim Hsiao
{{Authority control Liberal International, International conferences International liberal organizations, Political internationals Political organisations based in London Organizations established in 1947 1947 establishments in England