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Press Statement: Smooth polls mark Thailand referendum, albeit with lingering concerns

August 9th, 2016

For Immediate Release Bangkok, 9 August — Thailand’s military-drafted constitution was the subject of generally peaceful and smooth polling on Sunday. ANFREL congratulates the people of Thailand for participating in this important electoral exercise. Similarly, the hard work of polling station officials deserves to be recognized for ensuring an efficient and professionally managed referendum. However, the […]

ANFREL EOM 2015 Report

August 4th, 2016

ANFREL EOM 2015 Report General & Local Elections Myanmar 2015 Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Election Observation Mission Report The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) was established in 1997, as Asia’s first regional network of civil society organizations focused on elections and election monitoring. It strives to promote and support democratization at national and regional levels […]

ANFREL to Perform Random Polling Station Checks during 2016 Thailand Constitutional Referendum

August 4th, 2016

For Immediate Release 04 August 2016 Bangkok, Thailand ANFREL to Perform Random Polling Station Checks during 2016 Thailand Constitutional Referendum The Asian Network for Free Elections announced that it plans to perform spot checks of polling stations to observe the conduct of the Thai referendum to be held on 7 August 2016. The referendum is […]

Bangladesh: Odhikar’s Human Rights Monitoring Report (July 2016)

August 2nd, 2016

Odhikar believes that democracy is not merely a process of electing a ruler; it is the result of the peoples’ struggle for inalienable rights, which become the fundamental premise to constitute the State. Therefore, the individual freedoms and democratic aspirations of the citizens – and consequently, peoples’ collective rights and responsibilities – must be the […]

ANFREL Quarterly e-Bulletin (April – June 2016)

July 27th, 2016

Here is ANFREL’s E-bulletin featuring election-related news for the 2nd quarter of 2016.  The e-bulletin highlights recent election-related developments in the region, ANFREL activities, and contributions from ANFREL members and network. We  continue to encourage ANFREL members and friends to contribute articles for this quarterly publication. For questions and suggestions, feel free to send us an […]

ANFREL Condemns Assassination of Cambodian Human Rights Activist, Demands Justice from Authorities

July 12th, 2016

For Immediate Release 12 July 2016 Bangkok , Thailand ANFREL joins the Cambodian civil society in mourning the tragic death of a prominent activist and known critic of the Hun Sen government, Mr. Kem Ley. We extend our sincerest condolences to his family, loved ones, and friends. Kem Ley was shot dead Sunday morning at […]

Bangladesh: Odhikar’s Six-Month Human Rights Monitoring Report

July 4th, 2016

Executive Summary The human rights situation of Bangladesh in the first six months of 2016 was cause for grave concern. After the controversial and farcical Parliamentary elections, political intolerance, lack of effective institutions and wide-spread and varied human rights violations were the main obstacles to the exercise of democracy in Bangladesh. The Caretaker Government system […]

Malaysia’s BERSIH 2.0: Moving of Voters across DUN (State Assemblies) and Parliament is against the Federal Constitution

July 1st, 2016

1 July 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia’s  Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) earlier today filed a complaint before the Election Commission of Malaysia or Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) and demands for it to “explain why voters have been moved to a different DUN (State Assembly) and Parliament constituency. This happened resulting from the […]

ANFREL Statement: Thailand Referendum: Ban on monitoring and free speech against International Norms and Fair Play

June 30th, 2016

For Immediate Release: 30 June 2016 Bangkok, Thailand   Thailand Referendum: Ban on monitoring and free speech against International Norms and Fair Play  ANFREL expresses its serious concern on the Thai government’s decision to ban election monitors and its imposition of strong restrictions against freedom of speech in the light of the upcoming 7-August referendum […]

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