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Adrian head and shouldersIt's a great honour to be elected to Liberal International British Group Chair in July 2018, and I intend to promote the core liberal values which distinguish our parties around the world.

We work closely with our liberal sister parties as the British Group Representative within the family of liberal parties. Whilst we seem to have turmoil and change around the world, our liberal principles of human rights freedom, living in a democratic world of economic and social justice will take precedence and we will continue to fight for those values and views consistently.

Owing to my area of knowledge and expertise not only within Liberal International but elsewhere recognition of diversity, inclusion and intersectionality will be at the core of events, forums and meetings bringing together people from different backgrounds, ethnic minorities, sexualities, genders and gender identities, disabilities and ages in provoking open, transparent but significant debate which is happening on all those issues across the world at this moment in time. It is a core element in my mind which makes a liberal, and something we need to encourage around the world.

You can follow our work via this website, but also on social media @LibIntBg where you can guarantee our executive will be tweeting regularly on international issues, events, and meetings of informative discussion and debate.

Launch of Protect Our Twins campaign

Human rights are under threat in our twinned towns in Poland: across the UK it's time to help

We're asking local councils twinned with towns in Poland to start active diplomatic engagement to champion equality and human rights in the face of the "LGBT ideology free" zones Poland has created. Local communities in our twinned towns are now under threat, people are discriminated against, and human rights have been attacked.

  • More than 100 LGBT zones 'free of LGBT ideology' have been locally declared and more of these #HateZones are being lobbied for
  • Local councils in Poland decide this through local resolutions
  • UK has dozens of twinned town arrangements dating back decades
  • We have to look after the communities we're twinned with
  • It's time to #ProtectOurTwins

UK Lib Dems lead a cross-party initiative

The UK party has stepped forwards to lead a cross-party, coordinated response at local level. There are detailed draft motions and guidance for Councillors, templated letters to the Mayors of their twinned towns, and a 5 part approach.

These public letters will clarify whether the local resolutions are remaining in place, before the UK Council considers how to take forward any review of twinning relationships.

The Liberal Democrats value twinning relationships. The spirit of the campaign is focussed on education and preventing discrimination, with UK councils engaging in a period of education and discussion with their Polish twins.

The UK must take a stance: #ProtectOurTwins

"Events in Poland should concern the whole international community", explains campaign leader Layla Moran MP. "Labelling LGBT as an 'ideology' and supressing LGBT people is outrageous. Many of these towns are twinned with those here in the UK. We cannot stand by; we must Protect Our Twins, and the LGBT communities who live there."

Join the campaign

Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Chair of Liberal International British Group (LIBG), said: "We are holding out our hands in support and solidarity with our friends and fellow LGBT+ citizens in Poland whose rights are being negated by the creation of these 'hate zones' which goes against fundamental human rights, both in terms of UN and EU law. Enabling dialogue is key to sharing the recognised values 'Liberals' believe in, and by engaging in discussion at a local council level, as well as with our sister Liberal Party Nowoczesna, is the way to hopefully reverse these local resolutions and show our solidarity with the people of Poland."

Find out more about #ProtectOurTwins

Here's the full campaign site, with details of how to get press releases, letters, motions and support material.


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