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

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

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

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

Human Rights Monitoring Report of October 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. [embed][/embed]

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

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

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

    [caption id="attachment_3904" align="alignleft" width="513"] ANFREL Long-Term Observers and Support Team at the conclusion of the LTO briefing held in Yangon, Myanmar on October 10th & 11th, 2015[/caption] Yangon, 12 October – The Asian Network for Free Elections(ANFREL) deployed 20 Long Term Observers on October 12th to begin observing the pre-election

Odhikar’s founding anniversary

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

Nepal’s New Constitution-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

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

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

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

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

Apply for 2016-2017 NED Democracy Fellowships

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

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

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

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

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

ANFREL Member Odhikar’s Human Rights Monitoring Report of April 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

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

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,

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

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

ANFREL Member Odhikar’s Human Rights Monitoring Report of February 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

BERSIH2.0 Annual Report 2014

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


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

ANFREL celebrates Human Rights Day

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

Human Rights Monitoring Report ( November 1 – 30, 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


We, the participants of People’s SAARC Convergence met in Kathmandu on 22-24 November 2014 to reaffirm our solemn commitments to justice, peace, security, human rights, and democracy in the region for equality for all and to eliminate all forms of discrimination. We have come together to challenge the systematic and structural marginalisation

Early Polls Called in Sri Lanka

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


ANFREL is pleased to introduce its latest program -- the Asian Electoral Resource Center (AERC). This new initiative will support ANFREL's work on capacity building by becoming an information center of all election-related materials in Asia. ANFREL wishes to invite you and all stakeholders for cooperation and support in this new endeavor.

ANFREL Co-hosts with its member NAMFREL the 9th Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles for International Observation

From the 12th to the 14th of November, ANFREL co-hosted the 9th Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles for International Observation in Manila with one of its members in the Philippines, the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL). As a long-time endorser of the Declaration, ANFREL was honored to play

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