LTOs gather in Colombo for pre-deployment briefing

The long term observers (LTOs) of ANFREL's International Election Observation Mission (IEOM) for the 2019 Sri Lanka Presidential Election participated in a one-day pre-deployment briefing on 31 October 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The LTOs were given an overview of the state of political affairs, electoral system, and the media and civil

ANFREL deploys international election observers to promote democratic principles in Sri Lanka’s 2019 Presidential Election

Press Release Colombo, Sri Lanka October 23, 2019 The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) is pleased to announce the launch of its International Election Observation Mission to Sri Lanka’s 2019 Presidential Election. This engagement in Sri Lanka follows 10 previous election observation missions the organization has conducted in the country since

2019 Afghan Presidential poll preliminary result delay, a serious concern — TEFA

TEFA’s Press Statement on Delays in disseminating the preliminary result of the 2019 Presidential Election 20 October 2019 KABUL| Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan as the most prominent election oversight body in Afghanistan who deployed exactly 5,200 trained, non-partisan, and professional field observers across the country to observe the 2019 presidential election

25 Years of Resilience: Statement from Odhikar on its 25th Anniversary

First published on the website of Odhikar. Dhaka, 09 October 2019: Odhikar was established on 10 October 1994, as an organisation of human rights defenders, by some activists who participated in the struggle against the autocratic regime of Lieutenant General Hussein Mohammad Ershad. Bangladesh gained independence after huge sacrifices and equality, human

TEFA’s Preliminary Election Observation Report on the 2019 Afghan Presidential Election

Summary of TEFA’s observation findings from the 2019 Presidential Election The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) considers the 2019 election an important milestone for consolidating Afghanistan’s democracy despite all its challenges and constraints, and declares the 2019 presidential election a successful democratic practice should the process be concluded with justifiable results backed

Statement: The Hong Kong Government Must Stop Indiscriminate and Violent Crackdown and Ensure Freedom of Assembly and Demonstration

First published on the People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD) website on 4 October 2019. On October 1, the 70th National Day of China, a tragic incident occurred in Hong Kong. On the day that a "Day of Mourning" event was held in honor of those killed by state violence, a highschool

Joint Statement: Civil Society Organizations condemn the continued investigation of ex-RFA journalists Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin

Phnom Penh, 04 October 2019 – We, the undersigned civil society organizations strongly condemn the decision by the Municipal Court judge to continue the investigation into unsubstantiated espionage charges against Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin. The pair were arbitrarily arrested, detained and charged for the peaceful exercise of their freedom of expression

FEFA observes polling center opening delays, voters list problems

Press Release Today, September 28, 2019 the conduct of presidential election is progress. The Free and Fair Elections Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA), sincerely thanks and appreciate the dedication and goodwill of the security forces for insuring the security, the services and the support of the Independent Election Commission for conducting and facilitating

FEFA Election Declaration

The voting process of the 2019 presidential election, is officially over. The Free and Fair Elections Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) forwards its sincere gratitude and thanks to all stakeholder parties, especially the brave security forces, IEC staff and the honorable people of Afghanistan, for their presence and participation in the process. By

TEFA’s observation findings from the 2019 voting phase

September.28th.2019 Duration: 09:30 - 04:00am Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan as the most prominent domestic oversight body, commenced its observation from the 2019 Presidential election in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan-in accordance with the international election standards, interventions and agreement by deploying 5,200 trained and non-partisan observers across the country. During the

TEFA deploys 5,200 observers for 2019 Afghan Presidential Election

TEFA’s Pre-2019 Presidential Election Press Release 26 September 2019 KABUL -- With only 1 day remaining for the 2019 Presidential election, Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) through this press release explicitly announces its observation from the 2019 E-Day, shares its findings from the campaign period, and presents its concerns and requests

ANFREL is hiring: Project Coordinator for Capacity Building for Civil Society in Thailand

Position ID: FY2019.PCThaiCB Hours: Full-time, Regular Duration of Contract: 3 ½ months (until 31 December 2019), with potential continuation afterwards Location: ANFREL Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications Starting Date: As soon as possible (position will be filled when a suitable candidate is found) Roles and Responsibilities: ANFREL

Joint Letter: UN Human Rights Council should address human rights crisis in Cambodia at its 42nd session

To Members and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council 30 August 2019 Re: UN Human Rights Council should address human rights crisis in Cambodia at its 42nd session Dear Excellency, The undersigned civil society organizations, representing groups working within and outside Cambodia to advance human rights, rule of law,

ANFREL releases revised Myanmar election monitoring handbook

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) presented its revised "Election Monitoring Handbook" to the ANFREL member organizations, Union Election Commission (UEC) of Myanmar, and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Yangon in Myanmar last week of August. ANFREL’s “Election Monitoring Handbook for National Election Monitoring Groups in Myanmar” was first introduced in

De-escalate violence in Hong Kong, respect freedom of peaceful assembly and association

[Joint Statement] (Bangkok, 16 August 2019) – We, the undersigned civil society organisations, express our deep concerns on the escalating violence in Hong Kong, and urge the authorities to ensure conditions for peaceful assembly and association are present, and the protestors to exercise their rights to protest peacefully. We call on the

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

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

ANFREL is HIRING: Program Associate for Outreach and Communication

Program Associate for Outreach and Communications Position ID: FY2019.PAOutreach Hours: Full-time, Regular Location: Bangkok, Thailand– ANFREL Headquarters Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications Deadline of Submission: 31 July 2019 | 17:00 [Bangkok Time] PDF Copy: Program Associate Announcement About the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) ANFREL is a non-profit regional network, formed

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 %

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

TEFA’s concern on the presence of widespread corruption and the capacity available for conducting the upcoming Presidential Elections

January.10th.2019 Kabul: The October.20th.2018. Parliamentary Elections were conducted in such an atmosphere, where big amount of money and resources were used; people ensured their wide participation despite all the challenges ahead; both domestic and international observers, observed the electoral process, candidates made serious expenditures for their campaign, and yet we are struck

Odhikar rejects the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Dhaka; 2 January 2019: In response to the statement issued by the United States of America,[1]expressing disappointment over the cancellation of the election observation mission of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), on 23 December 2018, the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry issued a statement[2] in which it noted: “Odhikar is widely known

Joint Statement Against the Undemocratic Electoral Environment in Bangladesh

For Immediate Release December 29, 2018 We, the undersigned organizations, as advocates of human rights and democracy, express our concern regarding the restrictive electoral environment surrounding the 11th General Election in Bangladesh, set to be held on December 30, 2018. Ever since the election was announced, the government of Bangladesh has embarked

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

ANFREL statement on the termination of its mission in Bangladesh

Bangkok, Thailand December 23, 2018 The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) expresses dismay with the manner in which the Bangladesh authorities have handled the accreditation application process for domestic and international election observers in Bangladesh’s 11th General Elections  (Jatiya Sangsad) to occur on December 30, 2018. While the Bangladesh Election Commission

FAFEN’s Key Findings, Analysis and Preliminary Reports for Pakistan’s 2018 Elections

Full Report: FAFEN Key Findings and Analysis for 2018 Pakistan Elections Preliminary Report: FAFEN-Preliminary-Report-General-Election-2018 Pakistan’s 10th General Election were held on July 25, 2018, marking the completion of a decade of continuous democratic rule under civilian governments. While successive elections and peaceful transfers of power suggest that a degree of democratic consolidation has occurred

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