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Statement condemning Cambodian Government’s harassment of domestic and international human rights organizations and media institutions

September 1st, 2017

For Immediate Release On August 23, 2017, the Cambodian Foreign Ministry released an order for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Phnom Penh to cease its activities and repatriate its foreign members.  After the June 2017 elections, domestic civil society organizations and independent media institutions have also faced hostility from the Cambodian Government. We are […]

ANFREL Final Report: 2017 Cambodia Commune/Sangkat Council Elections

July 31st, 2017

Full Report: The 2017 Cambodia IEOM Final Report SUMMARY Since the signing of the Paris Peace Accords in 1991 and the establishment of the modern Cambodian state, the country has been predominantly ruled by the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP). During this period, CPP’s rule has faced few strong electoral challenges – the most important in 1997 […]

ANFREL Press Release on the Conduct of the 2017 Timor Leste Elections

July 24th, 2017

For immediate release Dili, Timor-Leste — The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) congratulates the people of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste for a successful 2017 elections held on July 22, which was conducted smoothly and peacefully. The success of the elections is attributed to the commitment to attain unity and cooperation among the political […]

Free Adil!: Statement demanding the Malaysian Government to release of Adil Rahman Khan

July 20th, 2017

  Bangkok, Thailand — The Asian Network for Free Elections (Anfrel) considers the arrest of Adil Rahman Khan, without citing any justification, as an effort by the Malaysian Government to silence rights defenders. Our network of organization across Asia stands in solidarity with Mr. Adil and demands for his immediate release.   Mr. Adil is […]

Joint Statement on the threat of legal actions against Cambodian election monitoring and human rights organizations

June 30th, 2017

Our organizations express serious concern over the threats to launch an inquiry into the activities and legality of the Situation Room on Cambodian Commune Council Election in 2017, a platform of non-governmental organizations formed to monitor the country’s recent local polls. Such comments contribute to a repressive environment which hinders the legitimate activities of civil […]

Preliminary Statement on Cambodia’s 2017 Commune Elections

June 9th, 2017

Summary On 4 June 2017, TI Cambodia deployed 1,051 trained and accredited non-partisan election observers to observe the 2017 commune/sangkat council elections. This included 35 supervisors; 822 observers deployed to a random, representative sample of 411 sample polling stations in all 25 provinces to carry out a sample-based observation (SBO); and 200 observers at all […]

ANFREL Press Release on the Conduct of the 2017 Cambodia Commune and Sangkat Council Elections

June 6th, 2017

(Initial Publication on June 6, 2017 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia) The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) congratulates the people of the Kingdom of Cambodia for their courage in turning up in great numbers to exercise their right to vote.  ANFREL also commends the steps taken by the National Election Committee (NEC) to improve the […]

ANFREL hopes for peaceful polls respecting human rights principles

May 30th, 2017

  Phnom Penh, May 30 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) launched on May 29 its international election observation mission to the Kingdom of Cambodia’s 2017 Commune and Sangkat Council Elections to be held on June 4. The delegation aims to engage with election stakeholders — political parties, civil society organizations, election management […]

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

May 18th, 2017

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 has been generally […]

ANFREL Deployment Press Statement 22 March 2017

May 5th, 2017

YANGON, 22 March 2017 –  Tomorrow, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) will deploy its election observers to the 19 constituencies in Myanmar which will hold by-elections on April 1st. As the only international election observation mission in the country, ANFREL is proud to again extend its long-time commitment to support election integrity in […]

ANFREL, AGENDA partner with ECT to enhance PWD political participation

May 5th, 2017

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 the ECT with […]

ANFREL holds annual strategic planning to identify focus projects for 2017

May 5th, 2017

Entering a new year of 2017, ANFREL held an annual review and strategic planning session for all staff on January 9 to 10, 2017. The event was held to evaluate successful and failed task/assignments in the program, as well as to identify strategies for better achievement of outcomes. The evaluation was attended by all ANFREL […]

ANFREL visits Mahidol University to increase awareness on election issues

May 5th, 2017

ANFREL Executive Director represented the organization in a lecture with the Graduates Studies of the Institute Human Rights and Peace (IHRP) Mahidol University, which was attended by 25 students from Asia-Pacific as part of the Institute’s joint program. The ANFREL ED imparted the general overview of Asian elections, and discussed further the electoral situation in […]

ANFREL Statement on the Cambodia Political Party Law Amendments

May 5th, 2017

On 20 February 2017, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) enacted amendments to the Political Party Law which empower the Ministry of Interior and Supreme Court to suspend political parties, or ultimately dissolve parties upon determination of violation. The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) supports the call of the Cambodian civil society organizations (CSOs) […]

Political Contestation (An Article by Ichal Supriadi)

May 5th, 2017

CONTESTATION IN ELECTIONS  By. Ichal Supriadi[1] Our understanding of electoral contestation has evolved over the years as advancements in technology and information ushered an era dominated by calls for transparency and auditability. Through the evolution of methods on information dissemination, political contestants were able to influence or manipulate how they want to be perceived. Politicians […]

A!review!of!first!100!days!of!IEC!Performance ! March,!2017

April 11th, 2017

Free! &! Fair! Election! Forum! of! Afghanistan! (FEFA)! made! serious! attempts! to! track! the! implementation! of! promises! made! by! the! new! members! of! electoral! commissions! on! November! 21,!2016!to!share!the!their!performance!with!people.!The!findings!of!this!report!was!shared!with! IEC! and! citizens! through! declarations! and! attending! media! programs! immediately! after! they! happened!but!this!report!discuss!the!cases!in!details!and!present!specific!recommendations!for!each! of!them.! More detail

Press Statement and Interim Report of Myanmar By-elections 2017

April 4th, 2017

International Election Observation Mission (IEOM) of the 2017 By-Elections in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar INTERIM REPORT IEOM Profile: The ANFREL International Election Observation Mission (IEOM) is composed of fifteen (15) international election observers, which include two (2) electoral analysts (EA) deployed for four (4) weeks and thirteen (13) short term observers deployed for […]

Human Rights Monitoring Report January 1 – 31, 2017

February 6th, 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 – must be the […]

ANFREL condemns arrests, urges Malaysian Government to uphold freedom of assembly, association and expression

November 23rd, 2016

November 22, 2016 ANFREL condemns arrests, urges Malaysian Governmentto uphold freedom of assembly, association and expression BANGKOK, THAILAND — On November 18, Malaysian Police officers raided the office of Bersih 2.0, and arrested its chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah, secretariat manager Mandeep Singh, and seven other supporters. The arrests were made on the eve of the […]

ANFREL’s AERC Launches Book on “Electoral Challenges in Asia Today”

October 28th, 2016

ANFREL through its Asian Electoral Resource Center (AERC) introduces its latest publication “Electoral Challenges in Asia Today.” The book is a compilation of researches conducted by electoral experts from across 13 countries in Asia. It presents what are deemed to be the most pressing challenges to advancing electoral democracy in Asia over the last decade. […]

Job Vacancy 2016 – Program Officer

September 27th, 2016

JOB VACANCY OPPORTUNITY TO WORK FOR AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION Formed in November 1997, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) has been working to advance the cause of electoral democracy. As part of its overall mission of supporting democratization efforts in Asia, ANFREL focuses its work on three major areas: Election Observation, Capacity Building, and […]

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

August 9th, 2016

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 referendum. However, the […]

ANFREL EOM 2015 Report

August 4th, 2016

ANFREL EOM 2015 Report General & Local Elections Myanmar 2015 Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Election Observation Mission Report The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) was established in 1997, as Asia’s first regional network of civil society organizations focused on elections and election monitoring. It strives to promote and support democratization at national and regional levels […]

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

August 4th, 2016

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. The referendum is […]

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

August 2nd, 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 – must be the […]

ANFREL Quarterly e-Bulletin (April – June 2016)

July 27th, 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 send us an […]

ANFREL Condemns Assassination of Cambodian Human Rights Activist, Demands Justice from Authorities

July 12th, 2016

For Immediate Release 12 July 2016 Bangkok , Thailand ANFREL joins the Cambodian civil society in mourning the tragic death of a prominent activist and known critic of the Hun Sen government, Mr. Kem Ley. We extend our sincerest condolences to his family, loved ones, and friends. Kem Ley was shot dead Sunday morning at […]

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

July 4th, 2016

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 Caretaker Government system […]

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

July 1st, 2016

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 resulting from the […]

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

June 30th, 2016

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 upcoming 7-August referendum […]

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