Bangladesh Human Rights Monitoring Report of April 2014 from Odhikar

  Political violence persists Post upazila election violence Barriers to meetings and assemblies Extrajudicial killings Allegations of enforced disappearance Freedom of the media Amar Desh Acting Editor allegedly deprived of treatment Freedom of opinion and expression Public lynching Human rights of religious minority communities Information and Communication Technology Act 2006 (Amended 2009

Democracy, Elections, and Reform in Cambodia

  The Cambodian Committee for Free and Fair Elections (COMFREL) has since 2009 extended its obser- vations and analysis of the electoral process to the overall democratization process in Cambodia. The analytical reports on the state of democracy titled ‘Democracy, Election and Reform’ are annually pub- lished and disseminated to all interested

Hope, Not Fear: Exemplary Courage Shown by the Voters of Afghanistan

For Immediate Release: ANFREL Statement on Afghanistan’s 05 April 2014 Elections Hope, Not Fear: Exemplary Courage Shown by the People of Afghanistan KABUL, 08 APRIL 2014 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Foundation wishes to enthusiastically commend the people of Afghanistan for their participation in the 05th of April’s Presidential

ANFREL on Thailand’s Ongoing Protests and Disruptions to the 02 February Elections

For Immediate Release: BANGKOK, 23 DECEMBER 2013 – The ANFREL Foundation wishes to express its ongoing concern about street protests in Bangkok, in particular, the recent attempt by protesters to forcibly block elections scheduled for 02 February 2014 as well as their call for an unelected and unrepresentative body to govern the

CONCERNING THE GENERAL ELECTIONS IN BANGLADESH 2014

PRESS STATEMENT CONCERNING THE GENERAL ELECTIONS IN BANGLADESH 2014 Bangkok, December 24, 2013: The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), the Asian election watchdog, urges the Government and the Election Commission of Bangladesh to postpone the election scheduled to be held on January 5, 2013 citing several conditions that undermine the conduct

More Investigation Required into State Agencies’ Interference with 2012 South Korean Presidential Election

BANGKOK, 18 December 2013 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), a regional NGO that promotes and supports democratization in Asia, wishes to express its concern about the illegal intervention by state agencies in the South Korean Presidential Election in December of 2012. Those facts which have come out about the

More Democracy Needed, Not Less: Removal of An Elected Government & Proposal for a “Peoples’ Council” Would Be a Step Backwards for Thai Democracy

For Immediate Release: BANGKOK, 08 December 2013 – The ANFREL Foundation wishes to express its deep concern about the ongoing protests in Bangkok, in particular, the attempt by protesters to remove an elected government through undemocratic means and their calling for an unelected body to govern the country, a so-called “People’s Council”,

ANFREL Releases its Interim Report on the 2013 Nepal CA Elections

Read the Full Report Here: Nepal Interim Report CA 2013 For Immediate Release Kathmandu, Nov 21: Today, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) released its Interim Report on the Constituent Assembly elections held on 19 November 2013.  The report contains observations about the elections based on findings of ANFREL's 50 observers deployed

ANFREL OBSERVERS READY TO OBSERVE THE 2013 NEPAL CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY (CA) ELECTIONS

Election observers from different parts of Asia have converged in Nepal under the banner of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL)-Foundation, the regional observer group which has been invited to observe the November 19 Constituent Assembly (CA) elections. ANFREL observers who are trained professionals in election observation represent various institutions and

Report on Preparations for the Second Constituent Assembly (CA) Elections in Nepal, 2013

Report on Preparations for the Second Constituent Assembly (CA) Elections in Nepal, 2013 PART I A. Political Backdrop and holding of the second CA elections The  Election  Commission  of  Nepal  in  its  latest  announcement  made  on September 8, 2013 said that the second Constituent Assembly (CA) elections would  be  held  on  schedule

Sri Lankan Provincial Council Election Day Statement by PAFFREL 2013

 Election Day Statement by PAFFREL - September 21st, 2013 The polls for the provincial council elections in the Central, North Western and Northern provinces closed at 4 pm today and were generally peaceful.  Polling took place in eight electoral districts in the three provinces based on the 2012 electoral register in which a

ANFREL : Vacancy Announcement (Nepali interpreters needed)

Vacancy Announcement The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) has established itself as the preeminent NGO in Asia working on elections, since 1997. ANFREL’s main focus is in observing pre- and post-electoral processes, and developing and training civil society groups that are actively working on democratisation in their home countries. We also

ANFREL : Vacancy Announcement

Vacancy Announcement The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) has established itself as the preeminent NGO in Asia working on elections, since 1997. ANFREL’s main focus is in observing pre- and post-electoral processes, and developing and training civil society groups that are actively working on democratisation in their home countries. We also

Re: Continued Detention of Advocate Adilur Rahman Khan

    September 11, 2013 Sheikh Hasina Wazed Prime Minister Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Old Sangsad Bhaban Tejagaon Dhaka-1215 Bangladesh Re: Continued Detention of Advocate Adilur Rahman Khan Dear Prime Minister, We are writing to express our deep concern over the arrest of Adilur Rahman Khan on August 10,

ANFREL-Foundation initiative to create awareness about parliamentary democracy in Myanmar

In order to create awareness about the functioning of a parliament amongst the people of Burma/Myanmar an initiative titled, Training and Parliament Education (TAPE)-Myanmar has been started in the country since February 2013. The implementation of the project follows two years of research, assessments and resource mapping. Several activities have been undertaken

An Urgent Call for the Release of Human Rights Defender Adilur Rahman Khan

Download Full Statement as PDF Here 11 August 2013, Bangkok - The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), an organization and network of democracy and political rights promoting groups, expresses grave concern regarding the unjust arrest and troubling continued detention of Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan, the Secretary of Odhikar, a leading human rights focused organization

Transparency & Impartial Investigation Needed To Repair Lost Confidence in Cambodian Elections

Download as PDF Here 05 August 2013, BANGKOK – Given the level of widespread complaints and reports of irregularities related to the July 28th General Election in Cambodia, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) believes that greater transparency and a thorough and impartial investigation that includes a wide variety of participants

ANFREl-UEC meet

ANFREL-Foundation Chairperson Damaso G Magbual along with Capacity Building Coordinator Mr. Bidhayak Das met Chairperson of the Union Election Commission (UEC) of Myanmar U Tin Aye at the UEC office in Napyitaw on July 11. The meeting, which lasted for an hour discussed ways to strengthen electoral reforms initiatives in Myanmar and

July 21st’s Election in Japan Gives Stronger Mandate to PM Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party

Article with video on Sky News website here: http://news.sky.com/story/1118836/japan-election-shinzo-abe-hails-landslide-win The Japanese prime minister's ruling coalition has won a solid majority in the country's upper house elections, gaining control of both chambers of parliament. Shinzo Abe's decisive win is being seen as a mandate to press ahead with difficult economic reforms - an endorsement

Joint Statement on concerns over the political environment ahead of the Cambodian National Election 2013

              Statement on concerns over the political environment ahead of the fifth mandate of National Election 2013 Date: June 12, 2013 The Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (COMFREL), The Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC), the Neutral & Impartial Committee for Free and

Honoring Min Ko Naing and “Examining the Transition to Democracy in Burma”

Honoring Min Ko Naing and “Examining the Transition to Democracy in Burma”   On June 4, 2013, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) was finally able to honor Burmese activist Min Ko Naing with its 2012 Democracy Award at an event in the U.S. Capitol. NED President Carl Gershman presented the award, highlighting Min Ko Naing’s

Papua Gubernatorial Election 2013

Study Mission Report The 2013 Papua gubernatorial election featured some unique aspects. It was conducted through a series of political compromises and continued the use of the traditional noken balloting system. In the following pages, ANFREL addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the electoral process but, on the whole, concludes that the

ANFREL Calls on Election Commission of Pakistan for Greater Transparency on Pressing Electoral Matters

Download Full Statement as a PDF here For Immediate Release: ANFREL Calls on Election Commission of Pakistan for Greater Transparency on Pressing Electoral Matters BANGKOK, 03 June 2013  – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), a regional network based organization of 21 civil society groups from across Asia, views with great

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTE-ASIAN NETWORK FOR FREE ELECTIONS INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION TO PAKISTAN

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The National Citizens Movement for Free Elections(NAMFREL) Hails Filipinos For Exercising Their Right to Vote and for a Generally Peaceful Election

Read the full statement of NAMFREL, one of ANFREL's members in the Philippines, on the 13 May mid-term elections in the Philippines. Download it here or read it embedded below... [embed width="650" height="850"]https://anfrel.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/NAMFREL-Press-Statement-and-Incident-Reports-13MAY13-530PM.pdf[/embed]  

Local Observers Note Irregularities in Pakistan Elections

National Observers Note Irregularities in Pakistan Elections     ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Election Commission on Sunday endorsed the country’s landmark elections that will see the first civilian-to-civilian transfer of power via the ballot box in the country's history. It declared the country’s elections for a new national assembly and government leadership as “largely

Malaysia GE13: Serious Concerns About May 5th Election Require Sincere Investigation and Reform

  Malaysia GE13: Serious Concerns Require Investigation and Reform   The 5th May 2012 general election in Malaysia, the country’s 13th, had an encouraging record turnout of 80 percent of eligible voters exercising their franchise and the election day processes of polling and counting were generally peaceful. But taking both of those

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