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 -

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

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

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

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

Job Vacancy 2016 – Program Officer

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,

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

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

ANFREL EOM 2015 Report

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

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

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.

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

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

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

ANFREL Condemns Police Action against South Korean electoral reform group, Change 2016

For Immediate Release 28 June 2016 Bangkok   ANFREL Condemns Police Action against South Korean electoral reform group, Change 2016 The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) expresses solidarity with South Korea’s Citizen’s Network for General Election of 2016 (Change 2016) and supports its appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on the

Draft Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand 2016 Unofficial English Translation

Draft Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand 2016 Unofficial English Translation This unofficial translation was made possible through the collaboration and contributions of International IDEA (Australia), International Commission of Jurists (Thailand) and the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Thailand (Thailand). Additional technical input was provided by Ms. Eugénie Mérieau,

Organic Act on Referendum for the Draft Constitution 2016

Referendum Act and document related from ECT.(Election Commission of Thailand) Download  PDF version here: Organic Act on Referendum for the Draft Constitution 2016 part 1 Download  PDF version here: Organic Act on Referendum for the Draft Constitution 2016 part 2 Download  PDF version here: The voting in Referendum (booklet)2016 Download  PDF version

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

Myanmar 2015 General Election Assessment Mission Analysis

Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) From the 1stto the 12thof September, ANFREL carried outa two-personexploratory mission to assess the pre-election period in Myanmar before the November 8th General and Local Elections.The team had meetings and conducted interviews with a wide variety of Election Stakeholders throughout the course of their visit. In

FEFA’s Press Release: Wolesi Jirga’s decision on presidential decree regarding IEC and ECC duties and authorities

Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) Press Release: Wolesi Jirga's decision on presidential decree   regarding IEC and ECC duties and authorities For immediate release: Kabul1 June 5, 2016 Wolesi Jirga as house of people is supposed to make a historic decision regarding the presidential decree on amendment of the Law on

ANFREL congratulates the Philippines on successful holding of 2016 National and Local Elections, notes challenges ahead

ANFREL congratulates the Philippines on successful holding of 2016 National and Local Elections, notes challenges ahead Manila, Philippines-- The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) wishes to congratulate the Philippines for holding the 2016 national and local elections in a generally free and fair manner. ANFREL applauds the Filipino people for their

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

Joint Statement on the Referendum of the Draft Constitution to be held on August 7, 2016 by the Platform of Concerned Citizens

Announcement on the “Joint Statement on the Referedum of the Draft Constitution to be held on August 7, 2016” and the discussion platforms on the constitution and sustainable development by Platform of Concerned Citizens (POC) Date: Monday, 25th April 2016 Time: 16.00 – 16.30 Venue: Small Conference Room, 12th Floor, Kasem Udhayanin

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 Concerned about Prosecution of Human Rights Defenders and Electoral Reformers in Malaysia

His Excellency Dato’ Sri Haji Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak Prime Minister of the Federation of Malaysia Office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia Main Block, Perdana Putra Building Federal Government Administrative Centre, 62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia   Re: Statement on the continuing persecution and attempt to silence Adam Adli Your

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.

ANFREL Press Statement & Interim Report on the 2015 Myanmar General Elections 

A Significant Step for Myanmar’s Democracy that Deserves Continued Vigilance    Yangon – The Asian Network for Free Elections(ANFREL) wishes to enthusiastically congratulate the people of Myanmar on their holding of General and Local Elections on November 8, 2015. Voters turned out in large numbers to peacefully exercise their democratic right to choose

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