STATEMENT: Respect, protect and fulfill right to peaceful protest in Thailand

Statement by International NGOs on Pro-Democracy Protests on November 17 and 25, 2020 We, the undersigned organizations, condemn the Thai police’s unnecessary and excessive use of force against peaceful protesters marching to the national parliament in Bangkok on November 17, 2020. We are concerned that authorities could employ similar measures when facing

ANFREL observes Thai by-election, 9 August 2020

See more photos here: "By-Election in Samut Prakan, Thailand" The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) observed a by-election in Thailand’s Samut Prakan province on 9 August 2020. It was the second time a by-election took place in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic, under the “new normal election” policy devised by

ANFREL launches election monitoring handbook for Thai CSOs

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) launched its first election monitoring handbook for civil society organizations in Thailand. Tailor-fitted to address the needs of emerging domestic election watchdog organizations in the country, the Election Monitoring Handbook for CSOs in Thailand aims to help election monitors in pursuing significant initiatives on their

Election Monitoring for Thai CSOs training, 18-19 December 2019

[rev_slider alias="2019-12-19"]   The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) organized a two-day training on election monitoring for civil society organizations and media in Thailand from 18 to 19 December 2019. The participants learned the legal framework of elections in Thailand, international standards of democratic governance, and key principles of election monitoring,

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

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

From Hope to Ballot: Thailand’s Advance Vote on March 17, 2019

For immediate release Bangkok, Thailand In a remarkable expression of their faith in democracy, eighty-seven percent of Thai voters registered for advance voting turned out to vote. Advance Voting Day remained peaceful and orderly but punctuated by instances of mismanagement, inconsistencies in the application of electoral rules by polling staff, and complaints

THAILAND CONSTITUTIONAL REFERENDUM 2016

A Brief Assessment Report BACKGROUND Thailand democratic rule has been forcedly retaken by military through successful coup d'état that happened on May 22nd 2014 led by General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Commander of the Royal Thai Army (RTA), against the caretaker government of Thailand, following six months of the crisis in the country. The

ANFREL, AGENDA partner with ECT to enhance PWD political participation

The Asian Network for Free Elections (Anfrel), AGENDA – General Election Network for Disability Access, and the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) are currently engaging in projects to improve accessibility of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Thailand during elections. The project aims to spread awareness on the needs of PWDs by providing

Press Statement: Smooth polls mark Thailand referendum, albeit with lingering concerns

For Immediate Release Bangkok, 9 August -- Thailand’s military-drafted constitution was the subject of generally peaceful and smooth polling on Sunday. ANFREL congratulates the people of Thailand for participating in this important electoral exercise. Similarly, the hard work of polling station officials deserves to be recognized for ensuring an efficient and professionally managed

ANFREL to Perform Random Polling Station Checks during 2016 Thailand Constitutional Referendum

For Immediate Release 04 August 2016 Bangkok, Thailand ANFREL to Perform Random Polling Station Checks during 2016 Thailand Constitutional Referendum The Asian Network for Free Elections announced that it plans to perform spot checks of polling stations to observe the conduct of the Thai referendum to be held on 7 August 2016.

ANFREL Statement: Thailand Referendum: Ban on monitoring and free speech against International Norms and Fair Play

For Immediate Release: 30 June 2016 Bangkok, Thailand   Thailand Referendum: Ban on monitoring and free speech against International Norms and Fair Play  ANFREL expresses its serious concern on the Thai government’s decision to ban election monitors and its imposition of strong restrictions against freedom of speech in the light of the

Draft Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand 2016 Unofficial English Translation

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,

Organic Act on Referendum for the Draft Constitution 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

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

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

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

(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),

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

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 Expresses its Condemnation of Thai Military’s Coup D’état & ongoing Military Rule

BANGKOK, 26 May 2014 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Foundation today expressed its condemnation of the Thai military’s May 22nd coup and the subsequent collapse of democratic rights that has followed. Thursday’s military takeover is a grave violation of the fundamental rights of all Thais, no matter their affiliation,

ANFREL Expresses Grave Concern About Violence & the Blocking of Polling Centers in Thailand

BANGKOK, 27 January 2014 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) views with grave concern all acts of violence and violations of human, civil, and political rights that took place on January 26th, Advanced Voting Day in Thailand. Regarding the shooting of protest leader Suthin Tharatin and the injuries that took

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

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”,

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