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Africa Liberal Network adopts resolution on Burundi

Supported by Liberal International President, Hans van Baalen MEP, the Africa Liberal Network General Assembly:
Takes account of information from different independent sources including human rights organisations working in the Great Lakes Region of Africa such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International; organisations which defend journalists such as Reporters Without Boarders; and organisations campaigning against corruption such as Transparency International;
Considering the report of the European Commission on the recent elections in Burundi;
In light of the deterioration of the security situation and the increase in the number of human rights violations particularly where the forces of public order were involved;
Taking into account the socio-political disorder in Burundi which risks upsetting the entire Great Lakes Region of Africa;
Considering that the deterioration of the security situation resulted in a contentious election which has still yet to be resolved;
Taking into account the elements of an eloquent testimony just made the Honorable Alice Nzomukunda, former Vice-President of the Republic of Burundi, former Vice-President of the National Assembly, current Africa Liberal Network Vice-President for Central Africa, and President of the Alliance Démocratique pour le Renouveau (ADR), Liberal International member;
The Africa Liberal Network met from 11-13 November in Cape Town, South Africa adopting a resolution on Burundi. The constituent elements are:
1. The Africa Liberal Network regrets that the elections in Burundi were marked by the inability of opposition parties to verify the regularity of the process because of “the results were not publically displayed at polling stations, and political party agents were prevented from obtaining a copy of the report.”(1).
2. ALN regretted that the ruling government and the Independent National Electoral Commission did not listen to the opposition and resolve the electoral dispute in time, thus exacerbating political tensions, the consequences of which are visible to the naked eye;
3. ALN regrets that the electoral process which began on 24 May 2010 was continued in the total absence of opposition;
4. ALN also regrets that even after the election period, the government in Bujumbura rejected any proposal of the opposition parties to begin a political dialogue between partners, even though the country then descended into violence;
5. ALN regrets that the government in Bujumbura used force to resolve political differences;
6. ALN further regrets that Burundi remains a country with a high-level of corruption, seriously hindering any efforts to attract investment or to fight against poverty (4);
7. The Africa Liberal Network condemns the arrests of opposition activists and restrictions on political party activities that marked the pre-election and election period and continues to this day;
8. ALN condemns in the strongest terms the torture and extrajudicial killings criticised by the international community and organizations defending human rights; (2.3)
9. ALN condemns the persecution of leaders of opposition parties, forcing them into exile or underground life;
10. The Africa Liberal Network demands an end to arbitrary arrests, imprisonments, murders of opposition activists and the unconditional release of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience;
11. ALN calls for an international commission to be established to investigate the killings in all regions of Burundi;
12. ALN calls for the ban on political activities of opposition parties to be lifted and hopes that this will create an atmosphere which will facilitate the return of the leaders in exile or in hiding;
13. The Africa Liberal Network asks the Burundian government to negotiate with opposition parties to find solutions to problems of security, human rights, and to end the electoral disputes;
14. ALN asks donors to suspend direct aid to the Burundian government, and instead to support the Burundian people directly through NGOs, until such a point as real negotiations commence with the coalition of opposition parties: ADC-IKIBIRI.
15. The ALN requests the international community, including the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union, and regional organizations, to continue to monitor closely the political and security situation in Burundi.
Cape Town, 13 November 2010

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ALN calls for peace in Darfur and Southern Sudan

The Africa Liberal Network supports the process of democratisation in Sudan and calls on the Government of Sudan to respect the constitution, to continue the peace process in Darfur, and to respect the outcome of the upcoming referendum in Southern Sudan. ALN calls on the international community to assist where it can in this regard, and welcomes its new observer member, South Sudan Liberal Party, which was recently established by existing member, Liberal Democratic Party of Sudan in anticipation of the referendum scheduled for January 2011.
The Africa Liberal Network watches with deep concern the situation of the population in Darfur, Western Sudan. ALN calls for the immediate release of Darfurian human rights activists arrested on 30 October 2010 and subsequently. The ALN supports the peace negotiations and understands the need for a comprehensive peace in the region based on respecting the fundamental rights of the citizens and an equitable sharing of power in the country. ALN supports the initiative of Darfur Democratic Forum and other Sudanese liberals and democrats in working towards a lasting peace in Darfur.

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ALN adopts resolution on Madagascar

We, Leaders of the African Liberal Parties, members of the Africa Liberal Network, in a General Assembly from 11-13 November 2010 in Cape Town, in South Africa, call upon the international community and Friends Liberals in the World concerning the situation which prevails in Madagascar:
ALN condemns Andry RAJOELINA’s refusal to implement the political agreements signed by the four Heads of Political Groups by:
In spite of the confirmation by the International Community (UNO, ICG-M, EU, AU, OIF, SADC, etc.) of an unconstitutional change of government and their recommendation to return as soon as possible in a consensual and inclusive way the constitutional order, the de facto power continues in an unilateral way. It plans to organize a referendum on 17th November 2010 to vote a Constitution which suits Mr Andry RAJOELINA’s ambition and plan anticipated communal elections on 20th December 2010. This continues the spirit of the coup for a disguised dismissal of the Mayors which were elected by general election while being unaware of the international sanctions and holding as an hostage the whole population which are the first victims of these sanctions (unemployment, under-employment, inflation, family division).
In order to support the search for a Malagasy-Madagascan solution, the Alliance of the Civil Society Organizations, the Coalition of the Civil Society Organizations and the KMF/CNOE (a national organization of elections observers) have by mutual agreement instituted the National Coordination of the Civil Society Organizations (CNOSC), a structure which obtained the support of the International Community to ensure the facilitation in support to the SADC mediation team chaired by Former President of Mozambique, Mr Joaquim CHISSANO but the de facto authorities always adopt an unilateral step and an accomplished fact strategy in the appointment of the members of the institutions set by the Charter of Maputo (Parliament, CENI)
ALN condemns the disregard of Human rights and freedom:
The freedom of speech does not exist anymore. Police force is used, with political objectives, to prohibit those who persist to express their opinion. Obvious problems are:
– the monopoly of the public media by the partisans of the HAT led by Mr Andry RAJOELINA.
– the prohibition or the complication of the administrative formalities to organize public meetings.
– difficulties for obtaining the authorization to organize a worship for the country.
– the closing of the medias not sharing the point of view of the HAT.
– the arbitrary arrest of the political Leaders of Ravalomanana Political Group on 11th November 2010 to have organized a demonstration authorized beforehand by the municipality at MALACAM stadium and the powerful repression of the demonstrators in full period of propaganda for the referendum of 17th November 2010.
– Terror and death threats against church leaders followed by members of the armed police force for three months following the worship of 20 May 2010 which obliges the members of their family to leave their homes.
Finally ALN condemns the lack of consideration of the political prisoners 2009-2010.
There is no consideration for the hunger strikers, even for those which are sick. Some prisoners which were released were quickly put in jail again, following invention of new accusations.
So, we challenge the International Community, the countries friends and partners of Madagascar and all the Liberals of the world to assume their responsibility so that the de facto power ceases this practice which is unworthy of the 21st Century, since Madagascar signed various International Conventions on the defense of Human rights and freedom.

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ALN congratulates CUF on election results in Zanzibar

The Africa Liberal Network (ALN) commends the Civic United Front (CUF) for its effective participation in the National Elections in Tanzania on 31 October 2010 despite the lack of a “level playing field” in terms of political competition.
The ALN congratulates the CUF Zanzibar Presidential candidate, Seif Sharif Hamad on accepting the results announced by the Zanzibar Electoral Commission for the sake of peace, political stability, and reconciliation in Zanzibar.
We further congratulate Seif Sharif Hamad on his appointment as First Vice-President of Zanzibar in accordance with the new constitution of Zanzibar.
However, the Africa Liberal Network is gravely concerned with the poor administration of the Presidential, parliamentary and civic elections in the United Republic of Tanzania, which was marked by low voter turn out: 42% in 2010 as compared to 72% in 2005.
The ALN therefore calls upon the authorities in Tanzania to establish a competent and independent National Electoral Commission as soon as possible in order to have democratic, free and fair elections.

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African Liberal Women Adopt Resolutions in Tunisia

CALL OF HAMMAMET (TUNISIA) FOR THE PROTECTION OF WOMEN AGAINST ALL FORMS OF VIOLENCE
We, African Liberal Women representing Africa Liberal Network member parties, meeting in Hammamet, Tunisia from 30 July to 2 August 2010 as part of the second ALN Gender Workshop with support from the Liberal Democrats’ Westminster Foundation for Democracy programme, having examined the evolution of the situation of women around the world:
– Note with concern the persistence of violence against African and Arab women and the deteriorating conditions in parts of Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.
– Recalling the rights of women in the universal framework of human rights, and building on all instruments specific rights of women including CEDAW, Resolution 1325 Security Council United Nations, the African Charter Human Rights and Peoples’ rights of women, we regard the protection of moral and physical integrity of women in the world as an urgent necessity.
Further, We, African Women Liberal,
– Call upon the Heads of State, members of the Liberal International, the media, all organizations and people of good will:
– To mobilize a multifaceted campaign against violence suffered by women on the planet.
Ask eagerly, particularly the heads of state:
– To build specialized shelters to protect women whose lives are threatened both in times of conflicts in married life and social
– Promote women’s access to legal aid as social and psychological victims;
– Call feminist organizations worldwide to denounce the ideologies and traditions that generate harmful forms of segregation and violence against women.
– Call for an immediate end to the unspeakable tragedy suffered by women in the Democratic Republic of Congo and insist on the implementation of the resolution to that effect in December 2009 at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Africa Liberal Network Seychelles.
Hammamet, 1 August 2010
MOTION IN SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT WADE OF SENEGAL
Women representing Africa Liberal Network member parties, meeting from 30 July to 2 August 2010 for the second gender workshop would like to thank especially President Abdoulaye Wade for his work in favor of parity.
All processes know a historical inflection point. For women in Senegal, the vote of the full parity law on Male / Female in elected institutions, crowns decades of political activism, deprivation, and struggle.
This outstanding success, we, African women, owe to an intellectual superior, a politician with a clear vision and foresight, the standard bearer of liberalism in Africa, Abdoulaye Wade, President of the Republic of Senegal.
Therefore, as gender focal points of member parties of the Africa Liberal Network:
– We support the President Abdoulaye Wade, in his desire to achieve greater equality of opportunity in the political field
– We wait for leaders of member parties of the Africa Liberal Network, to implement such parity, and make this a reality in our political parties, and we kindly call on President Wade to advocate on the gender issue. So that we, African women can overcome the challenges we face in the way of the development in our respective states.
Hammamet, 1 August 2010
MOTION OF THANKS AND CONGRATULATIONS TO TUNISIA PSL
Women representing Africa Liberal Network member parties, meeting from 30 July to 2 August 2010 for the second gender workshop, thanked the PSL (Social Liberal Party) of Tunisia and its President, Mr. Mondher Thabet for hosting this workshop in Tunisian soil. They welcomed the organization of Tunisian women for their availability throughout their stay successful in Hammamet, historic and touristic town close to the heart of all Africans.
Hammamet, 1 August 2010
RESOLUTION ON PRESIDENTIAL AL’ELECTION IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE
Women representing Africa Liberal Network member parties, meeting from 30 July to 2 August 2010 for the second gender workshop, noted with distaste that the date of the presidential election has been delayed 6 since 2005, plunging the population into distress;
Since these elections are, in the opinion of all observers, the condition that the country would emerge from the crisis persists insidiously with its attendant problems of all kinds of people in general and the vulnerable in particular,
Women of Africa Liberal Network member parties,
– Deplore the inability of some States to hold elections if there arrives the constitutional deadline;
– Affirm that the requirement for a transparent election, democratic and should not give rise to many hesitations and artificial obstacles if the electoral commission is truly independent;
– Wish, as ECOWAS, African Union, UN and all development partners that the elections in Côte d’Ivoire will be held before the end of 2010 so that this country acquires legitimate institutions which lead to the democracy, peace and sustainable development.
Hammamet, 1 August 2010
MOTION SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MRS ALICE NZOMUKUNDA
Women representing Africa Liberal Network member parties, meeting from 30 July to 2 August 2010 for the second gender workshop, informed of the harassment suffered by Ms Alice Nzomukunda in her fight for good governance and democracy, put to all their encouragement and support in its determination to promote moral values and establishing the rule of law in Burundi.
Hammamet, 1 August 2010
MOTION OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO HIS EXCELLENCE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TUNISIA, MR ZINE EL ABIDINE BEN ALI
The women representing Africa Liberal Network member parties, meeting for a workshop in from 30 July to 2 August 2010 in Hammamet, Tunisia at the kind l’invitation of the Parti Social Libéral of Tunisia for the networks’ second Gender Workshop, were impressed by the excellent progress made towards the socio-economic development of the country and particularly the position of Tunisian women in society, would like to thank His Excellence the President of the Republic of Tunisia.
Hammamet, 1 August 2010
MOTION OF THANKS TO MR NICK BRANSON
Women representing Africa Liberal Network member parties, meeting from 30 July to 2 August 2010 for the second gender workshop, thanked Mr Nick Branson, Executive Secretary of the RLA under the Liberal Democrats in Britain , for his availability, his hard work and high sense of human relations which are great qualities that enable it to ensure calmly and efficiently coordinating the activities of the RLA to the satisfaction of members.
Hammamet, 1 August 2010

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Resolution on the Political Situation in Burundi

Resolution on the Political Situation in Burund proposed by Dr Mamadou Lamine Bâ, President of the Africa Liberal Network; Minister for International Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs in the Senegalese Government and adopted by the 184th Liberal International Executive Committee meeting in Berlin, Germany on 11-13 June 2010.
The 184th Liberal International Executive Committee:
Regret the atmosphere of intimidation, which marked the municipal elections in Burundi on Monday 24 May;
Recall the allegations of electoral fraud against the Burundian Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI: Commission Électorale Nationale Indépendente);
Reiterate the importance of independent democratic institutions and political and civil rights, cornerstones of a liberal democratic society;
Support the calls from thirteen opposition parties for the municipal elections to be held afresh;
Deplore the decision of the Burundian Minister for the Interior to ban opposition parties from organising meetings during the Presidential election campaign;
Alarmed by the arrest of Mme Alice Nzomukunda, President of the Alliance Démocratique pour le Renouveau-Urunani Rw’Imvugakuri (ADR); former Vice-President of the Republic of Burundi and Vice-President of its National Assembly;
Resolved that Liberal International:
Condemns the interference of the Burundian Government in the election campaign;
Calls for the Minister for the Interior to repeal the prohibition on opposition campaigning;
Expresses solidarity with the detained political prisoners in Burundi;
Calls for the immediate release of all opposition leaders;
Requests that the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, urgently address this issue with the Burundian Government;
Resolves all member parties and organisations to make representations to the Burundian Government in support of free and fair elections ahead of upcoming polls.

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ALN Women Adopt Resolutions in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

The Fifteen Gender Focal Points Assembled in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, approved several substantive motions following the completion of the ALN gender policy document. These were as follows:
· Word of thanks
· Resolution on the Political Situation in Niger
· Resolution on the Elections in Côte d’Ivoire
· Resolution on the Political Crisis in Madagascar
· Resolution on Violence towards Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo
The delegates also discussed a motion submitted by the Tunisian delegation, but did not adopt it.
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President du RLA Condamne la Violence en RDC

« Nous devons empêcher un autre Darfour, »   A exprime Dr. Lamine Ba, President du Reseau Liberal Africain, sur la situation actuelle en RDC.
Appréciant le déploiement d’aide de l’ONU à la République Démocratique du Congo (DRC), Dr. Lamine BA a exprimé tout son soutien à l’initiative onusienne : « il n’y a pas de doute que l’ONU doit avoir le mandat et la capacité à empêcher la poursuite de l’escalade au Congo. La dégradation dans cette partie de l’Afrique Centrale est suffisamment grave car les violations contre les Droits humains fondamentaux les plus élémentaires y sont récurrentes. L’ONU doit mettre davantage de moyens à la disposition de ses troupes qui sont en place (la MONUC). Pour nous libéraux d’Afrique et du reste du monde, c’est notre responsabilité de nous opposer à la violation des Droits de l’Homme ; cela figure dans notre Chartre fondamentale le Manifeste d’Oxford en 1947 déjà ».
Le Cessez le feu qui a été convenu par les belligérants nous semble encore trop précaire parce qu’il n’a pu empêcher la poursuite des meurtres viols et pillages dans la zone. Les agences d’aide internationales parlent même de catastrophe humanitaire.
Voilà pourquoi, selon le Dr Lamine BA : « C’est notre devoir et aussi notre responsabilité, en tant que Libéraux, de mobiliser toute notre énergie et notre intelligence pour mettre aux atrocités et travailler à trouver des solutions au nom des principes démocratiques auxquels nous croyons. Nous libéraux avons été des adversaires de la violence et de l’arbitraire ; nous le sommes davantage pour le cas de la RDC. Nous bannissons sans ambages la violence sous toutes ses formes et devons empêcher un autre Darfour au nom de l’Humanisme qui fonde notre philosophie politique. »
Le RLA est actuellement bien représentée en RDC avec un membre de plein droit (ANADER) a qui nous leur devons conseil et assistance ainsi qu’au peuple congolais tout entier.
3 November 2008

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ALN Condemns Ongoing Human Rights Abuses in the DRC

Despite UN Resolution 1291 establishing the UN security mission in the DRC, MONUC (30th of november 1999), the citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have not yet enjoyed peace and security, two prerequisites for freedom and sustainable development.
Noting the persistent climate of violence in the DRC and the current government’s inaction in securing peace for its citizens, the Africa Liberal Network:
1- Calls for an assessment of the role of MONUC;
2- Calls on the UN Security Council to take responsibility for bringing peace to the people of the DRC;
3- Calls on the government of the DRC to protect the population of the country;
4- Expresses its support for all the people of the DRC;
5- Condemns all forms of violence committed by government forces or other armed groups;
6- Calls on the international community to consider the establishment of an International Tribunal Court for the DRC;
7- Calls on the National Assembly of the DRC to pass legislation to put an end to the impunity with which the armed groups operate;
8- Calls for the disarmament of all foreign and national armed groups on DRC soil;
9- Calls on the government of the DRC to take all the necessary steps to ensure political parties can exercise their rights in a peaceful and free electoral environment
10- Condemns the assassination of late Daniel Bolethi, vice president of the provincial assembly of Kinshasa,Member of the Movement of Liberation of Congo(MLC) and asks for a full investigation of this murder;
11- In view of foreign involvement in the DRC conflict, calls on neighbouring countries such as Angola, Namibia, Rwanda, and Uganda to honour their commitments to the people of the DRC in order to find a lasting solution;
12- Calls on the President of the African Union and the UN Secretary General to play a more active role in finding a lasting solution to the conflict in the DRC.
15 July 2008

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