TEFA’s Position Paper concerning the existing electoral circumstances and preparations for the upcoming elections

FULL PAPER: TEFA POSITION PAPER PREFACE: In accordance with Afghanistan’s constitution, Parliamentary elections are to be held once in every five years so that new representatives could pave their ways to parliament, but after the 2014 Presidential and Provincial Council elections which resulted in severe mistrusts and an immense surge of political challenges,

Quota Reform Movement: Immediately arrest the Chhatra League perpatrators; reform the quota!

Press Statement Quota Reform Movement: Immediately arrest the Chhatra League perpatrators; reform the quota! Odhikar would like to express its immense concern and condemnation regarding the horrific attacks by the Chhatra League leaders have unleashed on students protesting for the reformation of the quota on government jobs, since 30 June 2018; along

Half Yearly Human Rights Monitoring Report January – June 2018 on Bangladesh

Foreword Odhikar has been monitoring the human rights situation in Bangladesh 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 since 1994. Odhikar does not believe that the human rights movement merely endeavours to protect the

TEFA releases statement: “Concerns on Emerging Challenges and Illegal Practices in Electoral Process”

27 June 2018 Concerns on emerging challenges and illegal practices in electoral process Kabul: As per the election calendar, 115 days are left for the parliamentary and district council elections to arrive and be conducted, considering all the daily emerging challenges, drawbacks and misconducts which tend to jeopardize the sound conduct of

TEFA press statement about Concerns on the use of National ID card copy and Government’s interference in Voters registration process

Kabul: TEFA welcomes the extension of voter registration process in capital of the provinces by the Independent Election Commission till 12rd of June of the current year and perceives this round of extension as an opportunity for resolving all the drawbacks and challenges of the previous month, but it is highly crucial

Human Rights Monitoring Report of March 2018 (English)

1-31 March 2018 Executive Summary The month of March is very significant in the history of Bangladesh. In 1971 the people of this country became resilient against the exploitation and suppression of the West Pakistan regime and developed a struggle for independence in order to destroy the undemocratic rule of West Pakistan.

Joint Press Statement- NEOC/GEOC/Sankalpa on Local Election Observation

Preliminary Review of Election Observation PRESS STATEMENT The first phase of local level elections, held after the promulgation of the new constitution, for the provinces number 3, 4, and 6 have been conducted with encouraging participation by the voters on May 14, 2017. Despite few obstructions and time constraints, the Election Commission

Human Rights Monitoring Report January 1 – 31, 2017

Odhikar believes that democracy is not merely a process of electing a ruler; it is the result of the peoples’ struggle for inalienable rights, which become the fundamental premise to constitute the State. Therefore, the individual freedoms and democratic aspirations of the citizens – and consequently, peoples’ collective rights and responsibilities -

Bangladesh: Odhikar’s Human Rights Monitoring Report (July 2016)

Odhikar believes that democracy is not merely a process of electing a ruler; it is the result of the peoples’ struggle for inalienable rights, which become the fundamental premise to constitute the State. Therefore, the individual freedoms and democratic aspirations of the citizens – and consequently, peoples’ collective rights and responsibilities -

ANFREL Quarterly e-Bulletin (April – June 2016)

Here is ANFREL’s E-bulletin featuring election-related news for the 2nd quarter of 2016.  The e-bulletin highlights recent election-related developments in the region, ANFREL activities, and contributions from ANFREL members and network. We  continue to encourage ANFREL members and friends to contribute articles for this quarterly publication. For questions and suggestions, feel free to

Bangladesh: Odhikar’s Six-Month Human Rights Monitoring Report

Executive Summary The human rights situation of Bangladesh in the first six months of 2016 was cause for grave concern. After the controversial and farcical Parliamentary elections, political intolerance, lack of effective institutions and wide-spread and varied human rights violations were the main obstacles to the exercise of democracy in Bangladesh. The

Malaysia’s BERSIH 2.0: Moving of Voters across DUN (State Assemblies) and Parliament is against the Federal Constitution

1 July 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia's  Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) earlier today filed a complaint before the Election Commission of Malaysia or Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) and demands for it to "explain why voters have been moved to a different DUN (State Assembly) and Parliament constituency. This happened

Afghanistan: FEFA’s statement on the rejection of the Wolesi Jirga on the second presidential decree on electoral reform

Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) PRESS RELEASE Rejection of the second presidential decree on electoral reform; a regrettable act For urgent release June 13, 2016 Unfortunately, Wolesi Jirga rejected the presidential decree on amendment of the Law on the Structure, Duties and Authorities of Electoral Commissions for the second

FORUM-ASIA Open Letter to PM Cambodia Re: End legal harassment of Cambodian human rights defenders including ADHOC staff members

We, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), along with our 56 member organisations from other 18 countries across Asia, call upon you to immediately drop all charges and end the legal harassment of six human rights defenders (HRDs) who are being implicated in false propaganda. These HRDs include four

Human Rights Monitoring Report of April 2016

Further hindrance to freedom of expression and the media Political violence and vote rigging in Union Parishad elections Extrajudicial killings Shooting in the legs of detainees Allegations of enforced disappearance Public lynching continues Human rights violations along the border Human rights abuses on members of minority communities Violence against women Hindrance to

ANFREL Quarterly e-Bulletin (January – March 2016)

Here is ANFREL’s E-bulletin featuring election-related news from all over Asia. This issue covers the period of January – March 2016 and it highlights recent election-related developments in the region, ANFREL activities, and contributions from ANFREL members and network. We  continue to encourage ANFREL members and friends to contribute articles for this quarterly publication. For questions

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),

ANFREL Quarterly E-bulletin (October – December 2015)

Here is ANFREL’s E-bulletin featuring election-related news from all over Asia. This issue covers the period October – December 2015 and it highlights recent election-related developments in the region, ANFREL activities, and contributions from ANFREL members and network. We  continue to encourage ANFREL members and friends to contribute articles for this quarterly publication.

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]https://anfrel.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Human-rights-monitoring-monthly-report-October-2015_Eng.pdf[/embed]

ANFREL Quarterly Bulletin (July – September 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

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

ANFREL Quarterly E-Bulletin (April – June 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.

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

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

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