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

The Roundtable Discussion on the Transparency and Integrity of Elections in Southeast Asia (RTD – TIE in SEA) Nov 10-11 , 2017

The Roundtable Discussion on the Transparency and Integrity of Elections in Southeast Asia (RTD – TIE in SEA) is a coming together and a forging ahead of the Asian Network for Free Elections’ (ANFREL’s) mission to strengthen democracy and raise the quality of electoral processes in this part of the world. It

The Colombo Pledge to Promote and Defend Electoral Democracy in Asia (Myanmar Language Version)

Full Report : Colombo Pledge ( Myanmar Translation) We,  the  election stakeholders convening today  at  the  fourth  Asian  Electoral Stakeholders Forum (AESF  IV), reaffirm our resolute commitment and dedication to secure  democratic elections for everyone in Asia.  We believe  it is our duty to act assertively on electoral issues  and do everything in

The 3rd Asian Electoral Stakeholders Forum (AESF) Proceedings Report

Asian electoral stakeholders have just reached another milestone in its pursuit towards more democratic and transparent elections in the region through meaningful cooperation among Civil Society and Election Management Bodies. The 3rd Asian Electoral Stakeholders Forum (AESF) was successfully held in Bali, Indonesia from 21-25 August 2016. It was co-hosted by the

Press Release: Launch of ANFREL’s International Election Observation Mission to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar 2018 By-Elections

Yangon – October 30, 2018 The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) launched on October 29 its international election observation mission to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar’s by-elections, which will be held on November 3. The delegation aims to engage with electoral stakeholders – political parties, civil society organizations, election

FEFA Statement : Polling October 20 , 2018

Kabul, Afghanistan First of all, we thank the Afghan citizens, observers, and the media for their greater role in the process. The widespread public participation of committed Afghan citizens’ is highly appreciated. Despite serious security threats and management shortcomings, the Afghans went to the polls to cast their votes in favor of

TEFA’s findings from Campaign period, and concerns steeped in Election Day

Kabul: professional, impartial and objective observation is deemed a substantial necessity for ensuring transparency in the upcoming elections, and can be the sole source of validating it. In spite of the all the daunting challenges ahead of the elections, TEFA is prideful of assigning 66 of its provincial coordinators, and deploying 7200

Transparency Maldives call on all parties to uphold the will of the people and facilitate a peaceful transfer of power

Transparency Maldives expresses concern regarding the motion to annul the outcome of the 2018 presidential election, submitted to the Supreme Court by the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives. Transparency Maldives conducted a nation-wide domestic election observation of the 2018 presidential election. As noted in our pre-election assessments, while the pre-election environment was

Human Rights Monitoring Report on Bangladesh Reporting Period: 1 – 30 September 2018

Odhikar has, since 1994, 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. Odhikar does not believe that the human rights movement merely endeavours to protect the „individual‟

Maldives: Obstruction of observers and media latest sign of polling misconduct

Bangkok/Colombo, 22 September 2018 The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) denounces recent developments in the island nation of Maldives, which ensure that the upcoming presidential election of September 23 cannot be considered free and fair. Among others, intimidation of local civil society organizations, media, and members of the opposition, the lack

FORUM-ASIA and ANFREL concerned about human rights violations and lack of conducive environment for free and fair elections in Bangladesh

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), with the participation of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), conducted a fact-finding mission in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 7-10 September 2018. In light of the testimonies and data gathered during the mission, we express our utmost concern about the deterioration of human

TEFA’s concern in regards to the Currant electoral Process

Kabul: only 36 days are remaining for the parliamentary elections to be held, however, serious concerns are yet to exist on how the coming elections will be held. Transparent Elections Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) in close cooperation and coordination with its provincial partner organizations has analyzed the ongoing electoral conditions and offers

Odhikar’s protest against the statement of Chittagong Metropolitan Police Commissioner regarding extrajudicial killings in the name of anti-drug operation

Dhaka, 6 September 2018: Odhikar expresses its strong condemnation over the statement of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Commissioner Mohammad Mahabubor Rahman regarding the extrajudicial killings taking place in the name of ‘anti-drug operation’ by members of the law enforcement agencies. On September 4, Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman stated in a meeting, “Drug dealers keep arms

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