Liberal International

LI President on International Day of Democracy

Liberal International , vrijdag 21 september 2012

Reflecting on the UN International Day for Democracy (15 September), LI President Hans van Baalen MEP commented saying: “We should celebrate and honor all those who have worked and are continuing to work tirelessly for the majority of the world's population to live in democracy. At the same time, on this day, we should remember all those who are still fighting and paying with their lives to achieve their dream of living in a free democratic society.

Since its foundation in 1947, Liberal International has been fighting for the promotion of freedom and democracy on a global level. Democracy is an ongoing struggle that should not be taken for granted. While some of us celebrate democracy today, over a billion people in the People's Republic of China dream about it. While some of us rejoice at elections, people in Belarus end up in jail because they want free and fair elections. While we enjoy democracy in our everyday life, people in Syria are paying with their lives because they aspire to it. As liberals we believe in global solidarity in the fight for freedom and democracy.”