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ANFREL Condemns Police Action against South Korean electoral reform group, Change 2016

June 28th, 2016

For Immediate Release 28 June 2016 Bangkok   ANFREL Condemns Police Action against South Korean electoral reform group, Change 2016 The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) expresses solidarity with South Korea’s Citizen’s Network for General Election of 2016 (Change 2016) and supports its appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection […]

Draft Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand 2016 Unofficial English Translation

June 27th, 2016

Draft Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand 2016 Unofficial English Translation This unofficial translation was made possible through the collaboration and contributions of International IDEA (Australia), International Commission of Jurists (Thailand) and the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Thailand (Thailand). Additional technical input was provided by Ms. Eugénie Mérieau, Science Po, Paris […]

Organic Act on Referendum for the Draft Constitution 2016

June 24th, 2016

Referendum Act and document related from ECT.(Election Commission of Thailand) Download  PDF version here: Organic Act on Referendum for the Draft Constitution 2016 part 1 Download  PDF version here: Organic Act on Referendum for the Draft Constitution 2016 part 2 Download  PDF version here: The voting in Referendum (booklet)2016 Download  PDF version here: Summary of […]

Afghanistan: FEFA’s statement on the rejection of the Wolesi Jirga on the second presidential decree on electoral reform

June 14th, 2016

Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) PRESS RELEASE Rejection of the second presidential decree on electoral reform; a regrettable act For urgent release June 13, 2016 Unfortunately, Wolesi Jirga rejected the presidential decree on amendment of the Law on the Structure, Duties and Authorities of Electoral Commissions for the second time. This decision […]

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 […]

FEFA’s Press Release: Wolesi Jirga’s decision on presidential decree regarding IEC and ECC duties and authorities

June 6th, 2016

Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) Press Release: Wolesi Jirga’s decision on presidential decree   regarding IEC and ECC duties and authorities For immediate release: Kabul1 June 5, 2016 Wolesi Jirga as house of people is supposed to make a historic decision regarding the presidential decree on amendment of the Law on the Structure, Duties […]

Mongolia: Human Rights Must Be Key Element in the Upcoming Elections

May 31st, 2016

(27 May 2016, Ulaanbaatar) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) together with its members, Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD) and Globe International (GI) and its partners, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) and the Human Rights NGO Forum (Mongolia) jointly call for all political parties, which will participate in […]

ANFREL congratulates the Philippines on successful holding of 2016 National and Local Elections, notes challenges ahead

May 11th, 2016

ANFREL congratulates the Philippines on successful holding of 2016 National and Local Elections, notes challenges ahead Manila, Philippines– The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) wishes to congratulate the Philippines for holding the 2016 national and local elections in a generally free and fair manner. ANFREL applauds the Filipino people for their active participation in […]

FORUM-ASIA Open Letter to PM Cambodia Re: End legal harassment of Cambodian human rights defenders including ADHOC staff members

May 10th, 2016

We, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), along with our 56 member organisations from other 18 countries across Asia, call upon you to immediately drop all charges and end the legal harassment of six human rights defenders (HRDs) who are being implicated in false propaganda. These HRDs include four senior members of […]

Human Rights Monitoring Report of April 2016

May 3rd, 2016

Further hindrance to freedom of expression and the media Political violence and vote rigging in Union Parishad elections Extrajudicial killings Shooting in the legs of detainees Allegations of enforced disappearance Public lynching continues Human rights violations along the border Human rights abuses on members of minority communities Violence against women Hindrance to human rights activities […]

ANFREL Quarterly e-Bulletin (January – March 2016)

April 28th, 2016

Here is ANFREL’s E-bulletin featuring election-related news from all over Asia. This issue covers the period of January – March 2016 and it 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 […]

Joint Statement on the Referendum of the Draft Constitution to be held on August 7, 2016 by the Platform of Concerned Citizens

April 28th, 2016

Announcement on the “Joint Statement on the Referedum of the Draft Constitution to be held on August 7, 2016” and the discussion platforms on the constitution and sustainable development by Platform of Concerned Citizens (POC) Date: Monday, 25th April 2016 Time: 16.00 – 16.30 Venue: Small Conference Room, 12th Floor, Kasem Udhayanin Building, Political Science […]

BERSIH 2.0 co-recipient of 2016 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights

April 21st, 2016

The Announcement of 2016 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Recipients  The 2016 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Committee has chosen Nguyen Dan Que and BERSIH 2.0 (Gabungan Pilihanraya Bersih dan Adil), as the co-recipient of the Prize. Nguyen Dan Que is a Vietnamese pro-democracy activist in Saigon and BERSIH 2.0 is the Coalition for Clean […]

Thailand: Human rights groups condemn NCPO Order 13/2016 and urgefor it to be revoked immediately

April 5th, 2016

(Bangkok, 5 April 2016) – Thailand must immediately revoke National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order 13/2016 which confers sweeping powers on the Royal Thai Armed Forces in contravention of human rights and the rule of law, said the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI), Asian Forum for […]

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 Quarterly E-bulletin (October – December 2015)

January 26th, 2016

Here is ANFREL’s E-bulletin featuring election-related news from all over Asia. This issue covers the period October – December 2015 and it 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 […]

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 […]

Human Rights Monitoring Report of October 2015

November 1st, 2015

Human Rights Monitoring Report October 1 – 31, 2015 A violent political situation continues Extrajudicial killings continue Torture in custody continues More people shot in leg after arrest Allegations of enforced disappearance continue Attacks on places of worship during Durga Puja and on preparation for a rally during Ashura.

ANFREL Quarterly Bulletin (July – September 2015)

October 28th, 2015

Here is ANFREL’s E-bulletin featuring election-related news from all over Asia. This issue covers the period July – September 2015 and it highlights recent election-related developments in the region, ANFREL activities, and contributions from ANFREL members and network. We  are encouraging ANFREL members and friends to contribute articles for this quarterly publication. For questions and suggestions, feel […]

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 […]

Odhikar’s founding anniversary

October 9th, 2015

Statement from Odhikar  Odhikar: 21 Years of Human Rights Activism  10th October 2015 is the 21st anniversary of Odhikar. Odhikar is a persistent voice against human rights violations and impunity. It has been fighting for improving the criminal justice system in Bangladesh and for the establishment of rule of law. Odhikar’s ardent campaigns to stop […]

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 […]

ANFREL Prepares to Observe Myanmar’s Historic General Elections

September 17th, 2015

In the run-up to ANFREL’s planned observation of the November 08, 2015 Elections in Myanmar, ANFREL in August signed an MoU with the Union Election Commission of Myanmar(UEC) and conducted a Preparatory Mission to the country during the first two weeks of September. As this is Myanmar’s first election in decades which will have all major parties competing, […]

Space for Civil Society, Space for the People: ANFREL Marks the International Day of Democracy

September 15th, 2015

BANGKOK– On the 15th of September, the Asian Network for Free Elections(ANFREL) marks the International Day of Democracy together with the rest of the world. ANFREL’s members have a deeply held belief in Democracy and, as always, ANFREL’s members from across Asia continue to work tirelessly to protect and promote elections as a foundational part of […]

Vacancy Announcement

August 28th, 2015

Opportunity to Work for International Election Monitoring Group The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), Asia’s first regional network of civil society focused in advancing electoral democracy in the region, is seeking for applications from qualified candidates for the following positions in its Myanmar office: National Staff for Logistics and Administration (Work Location: Yangon; Work […]

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 […]

ANFREL Quarterly E-Bulletin (April – June 2015)

July 15th, 2015

Here is ANFREL’s E-bulletin featuring election-related news from all over Asia. This issue covers the period of April –  June 2015 and it highlights recent election-related developments in the region, ANFREL activities, and contributions from ANFREL members and network. We  are encouraging ANFREL members and friends to contribute articles for this quarterly publication. For questions and […]

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