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IDU Freedom Forum 2017

The International Democrat Union (IDU) and the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation (JHF) have the honour to invite you to this year’s Freedom Forum in Miami, taking place on the 4th and 5th of May 2017.

The Freedom Forum wants to draw the attention at the fate of political prisoners and political persecution. Imprisoning political opponents is a common tool of authoritarian governments to oppress critical voices from opposition and civil society. The numbers of political detentions and prisoners are not always told, limiting thereby the understanding of deterioration of democracy in those countries.

La International Democrat Union (IDU) y la Fundación Jarl Hjalmarson (JHF) tienen el honor de invitarlos a participar en el foro de las libertades de IDU, que se realizará en Miami los días 4 y 5 de mayo de 2017.

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Venezuela – IDU supports the demand for freedom and democracy

Against the backdrop of the current protests against the Maduro regime, it is necessary to counteract the state’s repressions, thus defending freedom, democracy and the rule of law. The use of violence against protesters is to be utterly condemned.
The IDU regional organization UPLA has published a statement, which is available here:

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Border Protection and Security in Europe – How can we make it work?

Border Protection and Security in Europe – How can we make it work?
IDU Side Event at the EPP Congress in Malta with Austria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz and Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party of Great Britain Mark Field

The migration crisis with mass movements of people fleeing the war zones of the Middle East, illegal economic immigration, mainly coming from Africa, the increasing threat of cross-border terrorism as well as the movement of international organized crime, human and drug trafficking groups are the biggest challenges for European security today. Maintaining security and freedom for its citizens besides this reality is the utmost obligation for EU’s politicians and governments. This strongly requires a functioning protection of EU’s external borders as well as a controlled entrance and a thorough identification for those affected by war searching for asylum.

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General elections in Ecuador: Hope remains.

Last Sunday, general elections were held in Ecuador to elect President and national – provincial Assemblies. With 93% of the polling stations being polled in the presidential race, everything seems to indicate that there will be a second round to elect the president of the Ecuadorians for the next 4 years.

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