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…

Suppressing protests by use of force does not attain peace but suppressed violence. Truth is, the latter is more detrimental than the former. Contrary to the belief in the minds of many, peaceful demonstrations as a tool for passing a message to authority, an individual or a group of people, if properly employed, is a…

Wars and conflicts have forced more people to flee their countries than any time since World War II. In Europe, more than a million migrants arrived in 2015, sparking a ‘migration crisis’ as countries struggled to cope with the numbers. The Common European Asylum System (CEAS), which has gradually been set up and expanded since…

The study session on ‘youth and migration’ organized by the International Federation of Liberal Youth and the Council of Europe commenced on 15th May and ended on 19th May in Strasbourg, France. During the week, the participants were given an in depth look into the migration problem faced by Europe. The way of learning was…

以下請見中文版 Two days ago,  the constitutional court of Taiwan, the Judicial Yuan, ruled that the same-sex couples should have the right to get married – making Taiwan potentially the first country in Asia to legalise gay marriage. The court ruled that a stipulation in the civil code, stipulating that marriage could not be between two persons of the…

The Netherlands is often seen as a country in which freedom, tolerance and human rights are celebrated and well-respected. Its citizens generally enjoy a very high level of well-being. But what about the refugees in the Netherlands? Do they benefit from this country’s supposed liberal and progressive values? Can they expect to receive the treatment…

Three days ago, on Monday the 26th of September, Azerbaijan held a national referendum on a number of constitutional amendments. On Tuesday,  the Central Election Commission claimed, that all had received the support of voters by a wide margin. The constitutional changes at stake give further powers to the already powerful President Ilham Aliyev –  including prolonging the…

— Véase más abajo para la versión española de este artículo. — The title of this article refers to the cover of the August-22nd edition of Time magazine entitled “Venezuela is dying”. The edition tries to explain how Venezuela, once Latin America’s richest country, fell apart. This not a lie. Part of what I want to…