One of the striking features of liberal democracies is freedom of expression; it is legitimately guaranteed as a fundamental human right. This right can be expressed through the ballot to select leaders for the governance of state, public and private organisations. Its expression is reflected in Article 19 of the United Nations Declaration of Human…

Since the partition of India in 1947, India stood as a multicultural beacon in a culturally divisive region. While the Sinhalese fought the Tamils in Sri Lanka, and the then Burmese government fought a range of different ethnic groups, Nehru’s India not only tolerated but celebrated its ethnic and religious diversity, following an agnosticism that…

IFLRY will hold its 43rd General Assembly in Accra, Ghana in the beginning of March. Leading up to that we wanted to organise an IFLRY Online meeting on Ghana. Ghana is a remarkable country, being referred to as an “island of peace” and one of the most thriving democracies on the continent. Why is that?…

On February 14, a young man entered a school in Parkland, Florida, and killed 17 people. It was the latest incident of senseless gun violence facilitated by the United States’ equally senseless gun laws. This article, however, will not be analysing US gun regulation, and what can, and should, be done to reform it. Rather,…

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” – Margaret Mead This quote is the motto of the License to Heal working group. A group of young political youth party members fighting for the right for access to essential drugs: a…

IFLRY Online is IFLRY’s new initiative to allow liberals from all over the world to interact with each other more online.  In that spirit, IFLRY organises regular online seminars, in which different people in the IFLRY network explain more about the political situation in their country. In this fifth seminar Jules Maaten, IFLRY president during…

In this series of articles, members of the executive of Africa Liberal Youth explain what they believe to be the most pressing political and social issues facing young people in Africa. Even though the success of a country’s penitentiary system is a factor that could contribute to maintaining national security, this has often been overlooked in Ghana and…

WARNING: Contains discussion of suicide 3 years ago, aged 20, I decided to end my own life. I wasn’t depressed, or mentally ill in any way. I simply didn’t want to live any more. I told my parents, and they informed UK mental health services. I was then forcibly detained for 6 months under the Mental…

In this series of articles, members of the executive of Africa Liberal Youth explain what they believe to be the most pressing political and social issues facing young people in Africa. From Casablanca to Cape Town, Dakar to Nairobi, all African students enter university thinking one thing: obtaining a degree will change their lives for…