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THAILAND CONSTITUTTIONAL REFERENDUM 2016

August 4th, 2017

A Brief Assessment Report BACKGROUND Thailand democratic rule has been forcedly retaken by military through successful coup d’état that happened on May 22nd 2014 led by General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Commander of the Royal Thai Army (RTA), against the caretaker government of Thailand, following six months of the crisis in the country. The military justified its action […]

ANFREL Final Report: 2017 Cambodia Commune/Sangkat Council Elections

July 31st, 2017

Full Report: The 2017 Cambodia IEOM Final Report SUMMARY Since the signing of the Paris Peace Accords in 1991 and the establishment of the modern Cambodian state, the country has been predominantly ruled by the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP). During this period, CPP’s rule has faced few strong electoral challenges – the most important in 1997 […]

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 […]

Myanmar 2015 General Election Assessment Mission Analysis

June 7th, 2016

Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) From the 1stto the 12thof September, ANFREL carried outa two-personexploratory mission to assess the pre-election period in Myanmar before the November 8th General and Local Elections.The team had meetings and conducted interviews with a wide variety of Election Stakeholders throughout the course of their visit. In all, the mission […]

Registration for the 2016 Asian Electoral Stakeholders Forum

April 6th, 2016

ANFREL Concerned about Prosecution of Human Rights Defenders and Electoral Reformers in Malaysia

February 15th, 2016

His Excellency Dato’ Sri Haji Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak Prime Minister of the Federation of Malaysia Office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia Main Block, Perdana Putra Building Federal Government Administrative Centre, 62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia   Re: Statement on the continuing persecution and attempt to silence Adam Adli Your Excellency: The Asian […]

ANFREL Press Statement & Interim Report on the 2015 Myanmar General Elections 

November 10th, 2015

A Significant Step for Myanmar’s Democracy that Deserves Continued Vigilance    Yangon – The Asian Network for Free Elections(ANFREL) wishes to enthusiastically congratulate the people of Myanmar on their holding of General and Local Elections on November 8, 2015. Voters turned out in large numbers to peacefully exercise their democratic right to choose their own elected […]

ANFREL Deploys Short-Term Observers in Myanmar Hoping to See a Transparent and Fair Final Week before Polling

November 3rd, 2015

As part of its nationwide Election Observation Mission in the country, the Asian Network for Free Elections(ANFREL) is deploying 27 Short Term Observers(STOs) on November 3rd to observe the final week of the pre-election period and the country’s November 08 Election Day. The STOs will join ANFREL’s 20 Long Term Observers that have been observing […]

Borderless Democracy: Election for Tibetans in Exile Inspires and Offers Lessons for the Future

October 20th, 2015

DHARAMSALA, 20 October – The Asia Democracy Network (ADN), the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), and the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) wish to congratulate the Tibetan Community in Exile for turning out in large numbers to exercise their democratic right to select their leaders in a peaceful and orderly manner. […]

ANFREL Observing Historic Elections in Myanmar in Support of the Country’s Democratisation

October 12th, 2015

    Yangon, 12 October – The Asian Network for Free Elections(ANFREL) deployed 20 Long Term Observers on October 12th to begin observing the pre-election period before the country’s November 08, 2015 Elections. The deployment is a continuation of ANFREL’s long-time support of strengthening democracy in Myanmar by supporting the integrity of electoral processes. ANFREL […]

Nepal’s New Constitution-2015

October 1st, 2015

CONSTITUTION OF NEPAL 2015 Constituent Assembly Secretariat Singha Durbar   We, the people of Nepal, in exercise of the sovereign powers inherent in us, Embracing the sovereign right of the people and the right to autonomy and self-rule, by maintaining Nepal’s independence, sovereignty, geographical integrity, national unity, freedom and dignity, Remembering the glorious history of […]

PRESS STATEMENT: ANFREL Notes Continued Improvement of Sri Lanka’s Electoral System

August 19th, 2015

SRI LANKA’S ELECTION SYSTEM SHOWS CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT COLOMBO, 19 August – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) today expresses its enthusiastic congratulations to the people of Sri Lanka for their role in the country’s 17 August Parliamentary Elections. ANFREL’s sixteen observers were drawn from its network of Asian Citizen Election Observation Organizations and they […]

ANFREL Returns to Sri Lanka in Support of the August 17th Parliamentary Elections

August 7th, 2015

COLOMBO, 07 August –  On August 6th, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) deployed a team of election observers from countries across Asia and beyond to observe the August 17th Parliamentary Elections in Sri Lanka. This is ANFREL’s 7th Election Observation Mission to Sri Lanka. ANFREL’s mission in Sri Lanka is in cooperation with […]

Urgent Appeal: The arrest and detention of 14 members of the New Democracy Movement and intimidation against independence of attorney, 24 – 27 June 2015

July 1st, 2015

The New Democracy Movement (NDM) The group is formed by students from the North, Central Plain, Northeast, and South plus more than 20 community-based organizations on 8 June 2015 at the Democracy Monument in Khon Kaen. Their fundamental five principles include; 1. A democratic principle that helps to ensure equal rights and liberties for all […]

ANFREL Member Odhikar’s Bangladesh Human Rights Monitoring Report of May 2015

June 4th, 2015

Odhikar’s Bangladesh Human Rights Monitoring Report May 1 – 31, 2015 Political violence Human rights violations on the high seas Extrajudicial killings Freedom of the media Freedom of expression Human rights violation by BSF along the border The religious minority community Public lynching Violence against women   Odhikar believes that ‘democracy’ is a form of […]

Election Management Bodies and Civil Society Come Together as Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum Kicks Off in Dili, Timor-Leste

March 18th, 2015

17 March 2015, DILI, TIMOR-LESTE– The historic second meeting of the Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum (AES Forum) will take place in Dili, Timor-Leste on 18 & 19 March 2015. It brings together more than 120 representatives of Election Management Bodies and Civil Society Organizations from across Asia and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries. Hosted […]

Early Polls Called in Sri Lanka

November 25th, 2014

As Sri Lanka plans to hold a snap presidential election on 8th January next year, speculation grows about President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s quest for an unprecedented 3rd term after the defection of several key ministers as well as the announcement that the General Secretary of his party, Maithripala Sirisena, would be the “common candidate” supported by […]

Odhikar’s October Human Rights Monitoring Report for Bangladesh

November 3rd, 2014

Covering the Period from October 1 – 31, 2014 See the Embedded Report Below or Download the Full Report Via the Following Link: https://anfrel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/HR-Report-October-2014-Eng.pdf   https://anfrel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/HR-Report-October-2014-Eng.pdf    

ANFREL’s Summary & Findings from the Presidential Runoff Ballot Audit in Afghanistan 2014

October 16th, 2014

The Asian Network for Free Elections has released its report of the observation of the audit of all ballots from the 2014 Afghan Presidential Election Runoff. Below, ANFREL’s report details our quantified findings from observing the audit in the Independent Elections Commission’s hangars from July to September. The 2014 Audit Observation Mission is ANFREL’s third […]

20 years of Struggle: Odhikar Continues to Fight For Human Rights

October 10th, 2014

Today, 10 October 2014, is the 20th anniversary of Odhikar. Odhikar was established by a group of young people who strongly believed in democracy, human rights and rule of law; who protested and fought against the autocratic regime of Lieutenant General Hussain Muhammad Ershad. Ershad was toppled by a mass movement in December 1990, mainly triggered by left leaning […]

ANFREL Expresses Solidarity With Protesters in Hong Kong

October 1st, 2014

BANGKOK – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Foundation joins the rest of the world in support of the protesters on the streets of Hong Kong that are standing up for their basic rights. ANFREL further calls on security forces to avoid further violations of the peoples’ right to protest. Protesters have shown a […]

Election & Audit Shortcomings Must be Springboard for Electoral Reforms

September 29th, 2014

For Immediate Release: ANFREL Statement on the Conclusion to Afghanistan’s Ballot Audit BANGKOK, 29 SEPTEMBER 2014 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Foundation is encouraged by the recent political agreement in Afghanistan and wants to congratulate the people of Afghanistan for their participation in the political transition in the country. Great respect and […]

Photos from ANFREL’s observation of the Afghanistan Ballot Audit

September 18th, 2014

With the Afghan ballot audit coming to a close, enjoy some pictures from ANFREL’s observation of the audit process. ANFREL continues to follow the process and, as we’ve done since 2004, supports Afghanistan’s democratisation now and in the future.  

Nepal 2013 Constituent Assembly Elections Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL Foundation) FINAL REPORT

August 26th, 2014

Acknowledgements The successful outcome of the second Constituent Assembly (CA) Elections in Nepal is  due  primarily  to  the  commitment  of  the  people  of  Nepal  to  a  democratic  political transition.  Therefore,  at  the  very  outset  ANFREL  would  like  to  congratulate  the people  of  Nepal  for  showing  their  faith  in  the  electoral  process  and  overcoming numerous  different […]

Proposed amendments of the constitution on article 76 and creation of New Chapter 15 on the National Election Commission

August 2nd, 2014

Article 76 The National Assembly shall comprise at least 120 members. The number of members of the National Assembly shall be allocated to reflect the proportion of the number of voters in each constituency. You can view the file embedded in the page below:    

Indonesian Elections: Need for Calm in Face of Claims of Victory by Both Presidential Camps

July 10th, 2014

Presidential Polling in Indonesia on the 9th of July went smoothly and was thankfully free from major incident. The voters freely exercised their political rights across the nation with the exception of polling stations in the area of Yahukimo mountain due to a delay in the delivery of logistics materials due to weather disturbances. The […]

Moving Toward the Indonesia Presidential Election

July 8th, 2014

Indonesian President & Vice-President Candidates; Graphic Credit: fncounter.com   Indonesia is preparing for new leadership thanks to elections scheduled for 9 July 2014. Over 188 million Indonesians are registered to cast their ballots at the 478,591 polling stations set up by the General Elections Commission of Indonesia(KPU). Elections officials have been working overtime to finalise election preparations as the two […]

Odhikar’s Six Month Human Rights Monitoring Report (January-June) 2014

July 4th, 2014

Read the report below or download as a pdf by clicking the following link: http://bit.ly/VSu3fc  

ANFREL Election Day Statement on Afghan Runoff: A Significant Step Forward Deserves Continued Vigilance

June 16th, 2014

KABUL, 16 JUNE 2014 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Foundation congratulates the people of Afghanistan for their participation in the run-off round of their Presidential Election held on 14 June 2014. ANFREL admires the high rate of participation of Afghans who overcame threats and violence and showed exemplary courage and determination to […]

ANFREL Expresses its Condemnation of Thai Military’s Coup D’état & ongoing Military Rule

May 26th, 2014

BANGKOK, 26 May 2014 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Foundation today expressed its condemnation of the Thai military’s May 22nd coup and the subsequent collapse of democratic rights that has followed. Thursday’s military takeover is a grave violation of the fundamental rights of all Thais, no matter their affiliation, and it fails […]

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