Category: ALN Statements & Resolutions

ALN Statements & Resolutions

RLA Condamne les Abus des Droits de L'Homme en RDC

Malgre la Résolution 1291 du Conseil de Sécurite de l’ONU qui a crée la mission des Nations Unies en RDC, MONUC a la date du 30 Novembre 1999, le peuple ami et frère de la RDC n’a toujours pas la paix et la sécurité, conditions indispensables pour un developpement harmonieux.
Constatant la persistance de la violence et l’inertie du pouvoir en place dans sa mission de garant de la nation, le Réseau Liberal Africain:
1- S’interroge sur le rôle de la MONUC;
2- Demande au conseil de sécurité de l’ONU de prendre ses responsabilités;
3- Interpelle le gouvernement de la RDC sur son rôle qui consiste a assurer la sécurité des personnes et leurs biens sur l’ensemble du territoire national;
4- Apporte son soutien au peuple ami et frère de la RDC;
5- Condamne toutes formes de violences commises par les forces gouvernementales et les groupes armées
6- Souhaite la mise sur pied d’un tribunal pénal international pour la RDC
7- Demande a l’Assemblée Nationale de la RDC de faire voter des lois en vue de mettre fin a l’impunité;
8- Souhaite que les groupes armés étrangers et nationaux soient neutralisés;
9- Souhaite que le gouvernement de la RDC prenne toutes les dispositions en vue de permettre aux partis politiques d’oppositions d’exercer leurs activités dans un climat de paix et dans un environnement démocratique
10- Condamne l’assassinat de M.Daniel Bolethi, vice president de l’Assemblée provinciale de Kinshasa, Membre du Mouvement de Liberation du Congo(MLC) et demande l’ouverture d’une enquête indépendante en vue de situer les responsabilités de ce crime crapuleux.
11- Eu égard a l’implication des puissances étrangères dans le conflit de la RDC,invite les pays voisins tels l’Angola, La namibie, le Zimbabwe, le Rwanda, et l’Ouganda de respecter les engagements pris devant le peuple congolais et la communauté internationale en vue d’une paix durable dans ce pays.
12-Invite le Président en exercice de l’Union Africaine et le Secrétaire général de l’ONU de s’impliquer davantage dans l’avénement d’une paix durable en RDC.
15 Juillet 2008

ALN Statements & Resolutions

ALN Reacts to African Union Resolution on Zimbabwe

The Africa Liberal Network would like to react to the resolution of the African Union on the crisis in Zimbabwe. The said resolution proposes that a dialogue be established between Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai in order to promote peace and stability in the country and calls for the creation of a government of national unity and continued mediation by SADC.
-Given the fact that UN Security Council members Russia and China continue to block sanctions against the ZANU-PF government
-Given the continued suffering of the people of Zimbabwe
-Given the fact that members of the MDC are still subjected to brutality and violence perpetrated by the Mugabe regime
-Noting that the situation in Zimbabwe constitutes a serious threat to stability and democracy in Africa, in so far as it can set a dangerous political precedent in the region
The Africa Liberal Network
-States that the elections in Zimbabwe were not transparent nor democratic
-States that Robert Mugabe cannot be considered a legitimate president as the results of the run off elections do not reflect the will of the Zimbabwean people
-Condemns the acts of violence committed by ZANU- PF against the people of Zimbabwe
-Expresses concern that this travesty may set a dangerous political precedent in Africa
-Believes that a government of national unity, within the current framework, does not resolve the fundamental issues in Zimbabwe
Further, the Africa Liberal Network
-Proposes that concrete measures be taken by the AU and SADC that promote first and foremost the interests of the people of Zimbabwe
-Calls for the replacement of President Thabo Mbeki by another mediator or an ad hoc committee
-Calls on the international community to use all means possible to stop this travesty, establish democracy in Zimbabwe and end the suffering of the Zimbabwean people
-Proposes that a government of national unity must only be agreed within the framework of transparent and democratic elections
3 July 2008

ALN Statements & Resolutions

ALN Calls For Urgent Action on the Zimbabwe Crisis

The Africa Liberal Network has issued the following statement in relation to the current crisis in Zimbabwe.
Having won the first round of the presidential elections in Zimbabwe with 48% of the votes against incumbent President Robert Mugabe-43%, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, announced on Sunday the 22nd of June that he would not contest the second round of presidential elections scheduled for the 27th of June.
In order to stop the violence initiated by the Zanu-PF, led by Robert Mugabe, the MDC leader opted not to ask the voters of Zimbabwe to put their lives at risk on the 27th of June.
Considering that the regime of Robert Mugabe is against freedom and is increasingly oppressive
Considering the reign of terror perpetrated by followers of the Zanu-PF and the militias of President Mugabe
Considering the ineffective role played by President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa
Considering the suffering of the people of Zimbabwe
Considering the fact that SADC has not taken a firm stance on the issue
Considering the inaction of the African Union
Considering the lack of leadership of the UN Security Council
The Africa Liberal Network demands:
1- The cancellation of the run-off election of the 27th of June in Zimbabwe
2- The stopping of violence and acts of intimidation committed against the people of Zimbabwe by the Zanu-PF government
3- A resolution by the African Union condemning the regime of President Mugabe
4-That resolutions be taken in order to ensure the safety of opposition members and the population as a whole
5- A resolution by the UN condemning the regime of President Mugabe
6-The appointment of a new mediator to replace President Thabo Mbeki
Further, the Africa Liberal Network:
1- States its strong support for Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC, and the people of Zimbabwe
2- Calls upon the European Community to take a strong stance against the Mugabe regime
3- Calls for a quick negotiation between Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai
4- Calls upon SADC to take greater responsibility in this matter
5- Calls upon all those who champion freedom and human rights to denounce this appalling situation and support the people of Zimbabwe
24 June 2008

ALN Statements & Resolutions

ALN Motion on Zimbabwe

Member parties present at the General Assembly of the Africa Liberal Network, held on 15 May 2008 in Belfast
– Congratulate the President of the MDC, Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai, for his ongoing commitment to democracy and human rights
– Warn the international community of the risks entailed by President Robert Mugabe’s abuse of power
-Express their solidarity with Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai for the run-off presidential election to be held on 27 June 2008
-Call upon SADC and the broader international community to oversee and safeguard the elections
-Condem the numerous acts of intimidation and the violations of human rights perpetrated by the Zanu-PF government.

ALN Statements & Resolutions

ALN Motion on Climate Change Adaptation

The 55th Congress of Liberal International notes:
•    That according to an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report published on 2 February 2007 it is now 90% certain that human activities since 1750 have warmed our planet.
•    That while every possible attempt must be made to mitigate climate change, the reality is that a certain amount of warming has already been locked into the climate system due to emissions that have already occurred;
Further noting:
•    That concern is growing that many communities and ecosystems will have little time to adjust to changing conditions;
•    That economic losses due to extreme weather events are already being experienced, and are likely to increase in the future;
•    That the World Health Organization estimates that climate change is already responsible for 150 000 deaths annually;
•    That the worst effects of climate change will be felt most acutely in the developing world, particularly in Africa;
•    That climate change threatens both food and water security in the developing world;
•    That the effects of climate change will hamper many countries’ abilities to attain the UN Millennium Goals;
Further noting:
•    That Adaptation refers primarily to measures that lessen the vulnerabilities that arise as a result of the negative effects of climate change.
•    That while migration is mostly a global issue, adaptation is a local or regional issue, and therefore adaptation needs will be different in different parts of the world.
•    That those countries or communities with the least capacity to adapt are the most vulnerable to climate change;
•    That the costs of adapting will be between US$ 28 and US$ 67 billion per year by 2030;
•    That currently the Adaptation Fund, set up using funds from a levy on Clean Development Mechanism Projects, is estimated to be worth only US$ 36 million per year, and is expected to rise to no more than US$300 million per year by 2012. Hence, there is a significant funding gap, as the Adaptation Fund in its current manifestation will contribute only 1% of the funds required to help the world adapt to the climate change that is already likely to happen.
Hereby Resolves:
•    That Adaptation to climate change in conjunction with sustainable development receive the same emphasis as mitigation in a post-2012 climate agreement;
•    That the funding for Adaptation by developing countries be funded primarily by developed countries who are responsible for the majority of human-induced climate change;
•    That developed countries consider committing to compulsory financial payments to the Adaptation Fund based on their respective abilities to pay.
•    That funding to developing countries for Adaptation measures be in addition to existing development aid.

ALN Statements & Resolutions

ALN Resolution on the Situation in Zimbabwe

The General Assembly of the Africa Liberal Network
•    Notes with concern the rapidly deteriorating political situation in Zimbabwe;
•    Further notes the ongoing and relentless oppression of opposition political party supporters and the independent media by the government;
•    Calls on the government of Zimbabwe to respect the right of assembly and to provide a space for the exercising of legitimate political rights;
•    Calls on the Southern African Development Community and the African Union to condemn the actions of the Zimbabwean government and to meaningfully contribute to finding a peaceful political resolution in the country.
Johannesburg, 4 May 2007

ALN Statements & Resolutions

ALN Resolution on Tony Leon

The General Assembly of the Africa Liberal Network
•    Congratulates the Honourable Tony Leon MP on his leadership of the Democratic Alliance and its predecessor party for thirteen years;
•    Notes that he has contributed to legitimising the role of opposition politics in South Africa;
•    Further notes that he has been a defender of the rights and freedoms of all South Africans;
•    Thanks him for his contribution to building links between African liberal parties;
And wishes him well in his future endeavours.
Johannesburg, 4 May 2007

ALN Statements & Resolutions

ALN Resolution in Support of the Seychelles National Party in View of the Forthcoming Elections

Member parties present at the General Assembly of the Africa Liberal Network, held on 4 May, 2007 in Johannesburg,
•    Extend their well wishes to our sister party in the Seychelles, the SNP, in view of the forthcoming elections;
•    Believe that the SNP offers a good programme to protect the human rights of the people of the Seychelles, promote economic growth, safeguard the environment and ensure the well-being of all Seychellois;
•    Call upon the authorities to conduct free and fair elections and respect the will and wishes of the people of the Seychelles
Johannesburg, 4 May 2007

ALN Statements & Resolutions

ALN Statement on Recent Violence in Zimbabwe

ALN Denounces Recent Violence in Zimbabwe
The Africa Liberal Network (ALN), an organisation of eighteen African liberal parties is deeply concerned about the rapidly deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe.
Following the break up of a public meeting by riot police on 11th of March 2007 in Harare, Zimbabwe, and the arrest of opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai and his supporters, and the subsequent arrest on 17th of March of Arthur Mutambara, we the members of the ALN strongly condemn the excessive use of force used by the police against Zimbabwean citizens exercising their right to freedom of expression.
The events of the last week are a gross violation of the basic democratic rights of citizens to engage in peaceful assembly.
The role of any rights respecting government is to allow peaceful assembly and to provide a space for the exercise of legitimate political rights.
We call on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) to strongly condemn the actions of President Mugabe’s police force;
We demand the immediate and unconditional release of all opposition supporters;
We wish the prompt recovery of those who have been brutalized;
We express our solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe who have been fighting for a peaceful, stable, and truly democratic Zimbabwean state that respects the rights of its citizens;
We call on the international community to increase the level of sanctions against the government of Zimbabwe, especially “smart sanctions” that target senior government officials if the rights of citizens are not restored and respected.
Aly Touré
Président of the Africa Liberal Network
19 March 2007

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