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

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

Indonesia’s PERLUDEM introduces Open Web Approach to Innovative Voter Engagement

The election process in Indonesia has gone through significant changes and developments  in  2014. The legislative and presidential elections were considered as the most competitive elections in Indonesia's history. The 2014 elections also introduced innovations to make the electoral process closer to the people. One of the successful innovations is the introduction

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

ANFREL E-Bulletin Issue No.1

ANFREL's Asian Electoral Resource Center (AERC)  is pleased  to introduce its first ONLINE BULLETIN. The first ANFREL E-Bulletin covers election-related news and  ANFREL activities from July - December 2014. ANFREL E-bulletin is a new ANFREL quarterly publication that will contain relevant and important updates regarding the state of electoral democracy in the region. We

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

20 years of Struggle: Odhikar Continues to Fight For Human Rights

Today, 10 October 2014, is the 20th anniversary of Odhikar. Odhikar was established by a group of young people who strongly believed in democracy, human rights and rule of law; who protested and fought against the autocratic regime of Lieutenant General Hussain Muhammad Ershad. Ershad was toppled by a mass movement in December 1990, mainly

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

Asia Democracy Network (ADN) Launches in Seoul on 22 October 2013

The Launching Assembly of the Asian Democracy Network met in Seoul on 22 October 2013, read the result of the Ceremony here: [embed width="650" height="850"]https://anfrel.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/ADN-Launching-Ceremony-Program-and-Seoul-Democracy-Declaration-2013-10-22-final.pdf[/embed] Or download as a PDF here: ADN Launching Ceremony Program and Seoul Democracy Declaration 2013 10 22 final  

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

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

COMFREL releases its 2012 annual report on Democracy, Elections and Reform in Cambodia

COMFREL concludes that the Cambodian democracy has experienced further backlashes in 2012 confirming the perception among parts of the Cambodian public and the international community that Cambodia’s political system is in an increasingly fragile state of democracy." --ANFREL member COMFREL's new report on the state of democracy in Cambodia in 2012  

National Election Observation Committee (NEOC, Nepal) Holds Dialogue On the “Constitutional Deadlock & Pursuit for a Fresh Poll” in Nepal

NEOC holds a much needed dialogue on the constitutional deadlock facing Nepal, 3rd February (See more pictures below)Download the Press Statement from the Dialogue here or read it embedded below: NEOC Press Release For more info on Nepal, visit NEOC's website at http://neocelection.org   [embed width="650" height="850"]https://anfrel.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/NEOC-Press-Communique.pdf[/embed]    

Free & Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan(FEFA) Parliamentary Monitoring Year-to-Date Cumulative Report

This publication is meant to capture and simply summarize the work of Wolesi Jirga over the first eight months of 2012 in such a way that it informs the citizens, civil society representatives, experts but even the MPs and the administration of Wolesi Jirga. This high institution is a complex mechanism for

ANFREL member FEMA’s Interim Statement on By-Elections in Gazipur

The Gazipur - 4 by-elections were fundamentally flawed but peaceful and well administered. It is flawed as the election did not fully comply with international standards for democratic elections as well as the national election laws. [pdf-embedder url="https://anfrel.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/FEMA-RELEASE-4-GAZIPUR-4-STATEMENT-2012.pdf" title="FEMA Press Release 4 GAZIPUR 4 Interim Statement - 2012"]

Special Coverage: Empowering Women in Timor-Leste Politics: The Role of the Women Caucus for Politic in Timor Leste

Special Coverage Empowering Women in Timor-Leste Politics: The Role of the Women Caucus for Politic in Timor Leste[1] The recent parliamentary elections in the Republic Democratic of Timor Leste which were held on 7 July 2012 highlighted outstanding result on the number of women elected in the national parliament. 24 women are

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