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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 […]

Apply for 2016-2017 NED Democracy Fellowships

July 2nd, 2015

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program   CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program JOIN THE NED FAMILY Dedicated to international exchange, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Programoffers five-month fellowships to leading democracy activists, journalists, and scholars from around the world.  During their time in residence at NED’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, fellows reflect […]

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 […]

Thai Coup D’état Anniversary: Elections, Not Ongoing Military Rule, Offer Thailand a Sustainable Democratic Roadmap

May 22nd, 2015

On the one-year anniversary of Thailand’s most recent coup, ANFREL’s fears in the days following the 22 May 2014 coup have unfortunately come true. The timing for elections has been pushed back repeatedly, with threats to delay them further unless conditions, in the eyes of the ruling junta, prove perfect. Until the country’s leadership recognizes […]

ANFREL Member Odhikar’s Human Rights Monitoring Report of April 2015

May 2nd, 2015

Human Rights Monitoring Report  April 1 – 30, 2015 Farcical City Corporation Elections 2015 Political violence Extrajudicial killings Freedom of expression and the media Situation of ready-made garment workers Human rights violations by BSF along the border Human rights violations against religious minority communities Public lynching Violence against women Repressive Information and Communication Technology Act, […]

ANFREL Quarterly E-Bulletin (January – March 2015)

April 24th, 2015

Here is ANFREL’s quarterly newsletter covering the period of January – March 2015. This issue gives you the latest news of ANFREL’s activities and contributions from ANFREL members and network from all over Asia. The E-bulletin is a recently launched ANFREL quarterly publication that will contain relevant and important updates regarding the state of electoral […]

2015 Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum Draws Much Needed Attention to Electoral Challenges in Asia

March 19th, 2015

DILI, March 19, 2015 – The 2015 Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum came to a successful close on March 19th after two days of substantive discussions and information sharing among representatives of Election Management Bodies(EMBs) and Civil Society Organizations(CSOs). Coming two years after the inaugural meeting of the AES Forum, this year’s co-hosts, the National Election […]

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 […]

ANFREL Member Odhikar’s Human Rights Monitoring Report of February 2015

March 1st, 2015

Human Rights Monitoring Report  February 1 – 28, 2015 Heightened levels of political violence Human rights violations by BSF along the border  Public lynching  Violence against women  Information and Communication Technology Act, 2006 (Amended 2009 and 2013) still exists  Hindrance of human rights activities of Odhikar  Odhikar  believes  that  ‘democracy’  is  a  form  of  the […]

Indonesia’s PERLUDEM introduces Open Web Approach to Innovative Voter Engagement

February 11th, 2015

The election process in Indonesia has gone through significant changes and developments  in  2014. The legislative and presidential elections were considered as the most competitive elections in Indonesia’s history. The 2014 elections also introduced innovations to make the electoral process closer to the people. One of the successful innovations is the introduction of API Pemilu […]

BERSIH2.0 Annual Report 2014

February 11th, 2015

BERSIH in 2014: picking up the pieces of GE13 & the race to face redelineation THE YEAR AFTER the highly charged 13th General Election (GE13) remained a busy one for BERSIH 2.0. PEMANTAU & People’s Tribunal First, the report of PEMANTAU was published. The monumental civil society initiative to monitor GE13—by BERSIH 2.0, Malaysians for […]

ANFREL E-Bulletin Issue No.1

January 26th, 2015

ANFREL’s Asian Electoral Resource Center (AERC)  is pleased  to introduce its first ONLINE BULLETIN. The first ANFREL E-Bulletin covers election-related news and  ANFREL activities from July – December 2014. ANFREL E-bulletin is a new ANFREL quarterly publication that will contain relevant and important updates regarding the state of electoral democracy in the region. We encourage ANFREL members […]

Sri Lanka Presidential Election 2015: “A Triumph of the People”

January 9th, 2015

PRESS STATEMENT SRI LANKA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2015: “A TRIUMPH OF THE PEOPLE” The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) congratulates the people of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for their commitment to strengthen democracy by participating in the Presidential Election. ANFREL, an independent network of Asian Election Observers, also wishes to commend the […]

ASIAN ELECTION OBSERVERS DEPLOY ACROSS SRI LANKA FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2015

December 30th, 2014

Press Release December 29, 2014   ASIAN ELECTION OBSERVERS DEPLOY ACROSS SRI LANKA FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2015 Independent Election Observers from the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) are deployed across Sri Lanka to observe the upcoming Presidential Election which is scheduled to be held on January 8, 2015. The observers from all over Asia […]

DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES FOR INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVATION and CODE OF CONDUCT FOR INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVERS

December 18th, 2014

DECLARATION  OF PRINCIPLES  FOR INTERNATIONAL  ELECTION OBSERVATION October 27, 2005 Genuine democratic elections are an expression of sovereignty, which belongs to the people of a country, the free expression of whose will provides the basis for the authority and legitimacy of government. The rights of citizens to vote and to be elected at periodic, genuine […]

ANFREL celebrates Human Rights Day

December 10th, 2014

According to this year’s slogan of the United Nations, everyday is a Human Rights Day. In the latter half of the 1940s, with World War II having just come to an end, the United Nations presented its Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) for the first time to promote the core principles of humanity and […]

Human Rights Monitoring Report ( November 1 – 30, 2014 )

December 6th, 2014

Human Rights Monitoring Report  Criminalization of politics Extrajudicial killings Lack of accountability of law enforcement agencies BGB atrocities on villagers in Dinajpur Torture in custody Allegations of enforced disappearance Barriers to meetings and assemblies Hindrance to freedom of expression and personal libert Sedition case Freedom of the media Arrest under Special Powers Act 1974 Information […]

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