Europe has a lot of networks and organizations that are affiliated with young people. From the scouts to national youth councils to international organizations based on a political ideology – such as IFLRY. Together, we are all united through a platform called European Youth Forum (YFJ). The YFJ advocates for youth rights in international organizations,…

In Part One IFLRY Vice President Bobby Dean recounted his time with young politicians in Cape Town, South Africa. In this part two, he has travelled across the country to the poorer rural communities to witness the work of Restless Development’s volunteers. You can read part one and two together here. I step onto the plane…

It’s Sunday night and I’m settling in to sleep in a familiar place – a plane seat. I don’t have ‘wanderlust’ – whatever that discomforting hipsterised term means – but my involvement in international issues has put me on a fair few flights over the last few years. I suffer for a moment from cognitive dissonance as…

In this two-part special, IFLRY Vice President Bobby Dean recounts his recent visit to South Africa. The first part below focuses on his week with the Africa Liberal Network and the Democratic Alliance. It’s Sunday night and I’m settling in to sleep in a familiar place – a plane seat. I don’t have ‘wanderlust’ –…

In the past three weeks Venezuala’s President, Nicolas Maduro, redoubled his efforts to eliminate any kind of opposition and in that way perpetuate his power, following in the footsteps of Castro’s siblings in Cuba. The Bolivarian* dictator sees in each person that tries to think differently an enemy: somebody dangerous that must be eliminated in…

I have to admit that I was pretty shocked with the news we all recently received from Tunisia, where almost 25 people were killed due to a terrorist attack on the museum. Most of those killed, or affected, were tourists. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility and Tunisia’s President urged all citizens to join the fight…

Human rights matter as an end in themselves; I hope this isn’t disputed among liberals. These rights are also crucial to achieve economic growth in developing states. Institutions are the ‘rules of the game’ in society, which shape how people live their lives and participate in the economy. Good institutions promote economic development, for example stable…

As programme manager of IFLRY’s Gender Equality programme, there are a lot of topics that I want to write about: there was an amazing event that we had in Tunisia, our plans for this year, and many other very interesting topics about gender equality and democracy. But news from my own Finland changed it all…

After the negotiations at COP 20 in Lima over-ran by two days, the Parties finally reached an agreement, which is called «Lima Call for Climate Action». It outlines the main aspects of a new global deal, and has received mixed feedback, ranging from satisfaction to disappointment. The deal focuses on mitigation, which is something that…