2020 Taiwanese poll a success for democracy despite challenges — ANFREL

The 2020 Taiwanese General Election was conducted smoothly and transparently, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) found in their study mission saying it demonstrated the robust democracy that Taiwan has become. On 11 January 2020, over 19 million registered voters of the Republic of China (also referred to as Taiwan) went

Stop Violence Against Women to Ensure Gender Equality — Odhikar

Statement to commemorate International Women's Day Dhaka: March 06, 2020 Odhikar is observing International Women’s Day on 8th March 2020, with deep concern, as women in Bangladesh are subjected to unchecked, widespread gender-based violence. Domestic abuse against women are a routine phenomenon and forms of discrimination against them are prevalent in every

Final Election Results and the Path After It

Statement of the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) on the final result of the 2019 Afghan Presidential Election Finally, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) could announce final results of the 2019 Afghan presidential elections with 5 months delay. It was expected that all electoral tickets accept the final election

TEFA’s Press Release on EMBs’ Conflict over Carrying out ECC’s Decisions

First published on the website of TEFA on 17 February 2020. Exactly 13 days have passed since the initial announcement of ECC’s decisions were made over adjudication of electoral complaints, and IEC too, on its part, embraced ECC’s call, acted accordingly, and began carrying out their decisions; however, TEFA’s observation findings highlight

TEFA’s press release on the long-awaited completion of the 2019 Presidential electoral complaints adjudication process

5 February 2020 Announcement of the preliminary and final results of the 2019 election was contingent upon the final work of ECC, and finally as of yesterday, this commission managed to openly share on its works. For over a month, all election stakeholders were desperately waiting to know about ECC's final decision;

Final Mission Report: 2019 Sri Lankan Presidential Election

On January 31, 2020, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) released its comprehensive assessment on the conduct of the 2019 Sri Lankan Presidential Elections. To access the report, please click the link below: The 2019 Sri Lankan Presidential Election: A Deepening Political Divide Executive Summary The Eighth Presidential Election was held

Thailand: Legal measures concerning the rights of persons with disabilities to participate in the election under the Organic Act on the Election of Members of Parliament B.E. 2561 (2018)

Full Research (Thai): วิจัยกฎหมาย_ฉบับสมบูรณ์_ Executive Summary (English): Executive Summary Joint Statement by ANFREL and PWD Network in Thailand: Joint Statement_ANFREL_PWD Network.2 Aug.2019 Abstract The election is one of the most critical procedures that undergird the foundation of liberal democracy as it enables citizens to express their collective political wills by electing their representatives according to

Joint Open Letter to Prime Minister Modi on Situation in Jammu & Kashmir

PDF Version: Open_Letter_-_Kashmir_-_August_2019_Final-WITH SIGNATORIES-Updated 13.08 (1) Prime Minister Narendra Modi New Delhi 12 August 2019 Dear Prime Minister Modi, We, the undersigned civil society activists and organizations, human rights defenders, lawyers, journalists, and academics from around the globe, write to express our deep concern regarding the recent actions your government has taken over

Odhikar Bangladesh: Annual Human Rights Report on Bangladesh 2018

Full Report: Annual HR Report 2018_Eng Odhikar has been diligently monitoring the human rights situation in Bangladesh since 1994, in order to promote and protect civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of Bangladeshi citizens and to report on violations and defend the victims. Odhikar, being an organisation of human rights defenders in

TEFA Afghanistan: Survey on the 2019 Presidential Election

Full Report: Survey on the 2019 Presidential Election Elections are the easiest, cheapest, and most commonly employed means for facilitating people’s political participation in a country. Citizens’ meaningful participation in political processes holds a clear indication of democratic sustainability in a society. Elections are characterized by their ability to transfer authority and power

Cambodia: Three years and still no effective investigation into Dr. Kem Ley’s killing

[JOINT STATEMENT] 9 July 2019 (Bangkok, Thailand) --- Today, on the third anniversary of the killing of prominent political commentator and human rights defender Kem Ley, the 24 undersigned organizations renew calls on the Cambodian government to establish an independent and impartial Commission of Inquiry to conduct a thorough and effective investigation

The 2019 Thai General Election: A Missed Opportunity for Democracy

Full Report (English): ANFREL 2019 Thailand Mission Report Full Report (Thai): ANFREL 2019 Thailand Mission Report in Thai Executive Summary (English): Executive Summary Executive Summary (Thai): Executive Summary, thai EXECUTIVE SUMMARY To say that the Thai general election which took place on 24 March 2019 was long-awaited would be an understatement. After five years

Statement on the 2019 National and Local Elections of the Philippines

For Immediate Release Bangkok, Thailand May 17, 2019 The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) congratulates the people of the Philippines for the generally peaceful elections and their continued participation in exercising their universal rights last May 13, 2019. The voter turnout was encouraging and will surely be within the 78 %

ANFREL’s 2019 Maldivian People’s Majlis Election Study Mission Report

Full report: 2019 Maldivian People's Majlis Election Study Mission Report ANFREL congratulates the Maldivian people on the successful and credible conduct of the 2019 People’s Majlis Elections. The success of this monumental endeavor can only be attributed to the unflinching trust of the voters on the ballot, the active participation of civil

2018 Myanmar By-Elections: Building the Foundation for Successful 2020 Elections

Full Report (English): 2018 Myanmar By-Elections IEOM Report Full Report (Myanmar language): 2018 Myanmar By-Elections IEOM Report (Myanmar) EXECUTIVE SUMMARY A relatively new practice in Myanmar, by-elections are defined in the Political Parties Registration Law of the Union of Myanmar as “elections designated and held by the Commission from time to time for constituencies

Odhikar’s Pre-Election Situation Report for the 11th Parliamentary Elections of Bangladesh

Full Report: Pre-election report_Odhikar This report has been prepared based on an analysis of the overall pre-electoral situation leading up to the 11th National Parliament elections. Odhikar has been under severe state-level oppression and harassment, due to its strong protests and campaigns against human rights violations and for publishing reports on the inactions

Odhikar’s October 2018 Human Rights Monitoring Report

Full report: October 2018 Odhikar Human Rights "This report has been prepared based on the overall human rights situation in October 2018 where violations of civil and political rights, including state repression and deprivation of the right to life were analysed. The country's human rights situation has been serious cause for concern since

ANFREL Myanmar 2018 By-Elections Interim Report

SUMMARY On November 3, 2018, the ANFREL mission observed peaceful and credible by-elections with no significant incidents that could have negatively impacted the results. The electoral campaign was generally peaceful and in line with that of the 2017 by-elections. Few complaints were made, and the main subject of criticism was related to

Press Release: Launch of ANFREL’s International Election Observation Mission to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar 2018 By-Elections

Yangon – October 30, 2018 The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) launched on October 29 its international election observation mission to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar’s by-elections, which will be held on November 3. The delegation aims to engage with electoral stakeholders – political parties, civil society organizations, election

Transparency Maldives call on all parties to uphold the will of the people and facilitate a peaceful transfer of power

Transparency Maldives expresses concern regarding the motion to annul the outcome of the 2018 presidential election, submitted to the Supreme Court by the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives. Transparency Maldives conducted a nation-wide domestic election observation of the 2018 presidential election. As noted in our pre-election assessments, while the pre-election environment was

Maldives: Obstruction of observers and media latest sign of polling misconduct

Bangkok/Colombo, 22 September 2018 The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) denounces recent developments in the island nation of Maldives, which ensure that the upcoming presidential election of September 23 cannot be considered free and fair. Among others, intimidation of local civil society organizations, media, and members of the opposition, the lack

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