DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES FOR INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVATION and CODE OF CONDUCT FOR INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVERS

DECLARATION  OF PRINCIPLES  FOR INTERNATIONAL  ELECTION OBSERVATION October 27, 2005 Genuine democratic elections are an expression of sovereignty, which belongs to the people of a country, the free expression of whose will provides the basis for the authority and legitimacy of government. The rights of citizens to vote and to be elected

ANFREL celebrates Human Rights Day

According to this year's slogan of the United Nations, everyday is a Human Rights Day. In the latter half of the 1940s, with World War II having just come to an end, the United Nations presented its Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) for the first time to promote the core principles

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

PEOPLE’S MOVEMENTS UNITING SOUTH ASIA FOR DEEPENING DEMOCRACY, SOCIAL JUSTICE & PEACE

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

Early Polls Called in Sri Lanka

As Sri Lanka plans to hold a snap presidential election on 8th January next year, speculation grows about President Mahinda Rajapaksa's quest for an unprecedented 3rd term after the defection of several key ministers as well as the announcement that the General Secretary of his party, Maithripala Sirisena, would be the "common

ANFREL LAUNCHES ASIAN ELECTORAL RESOURCE CENTER (AERC)

ANFREL is pleased to introduce its latest program -- the Asian Electoral Resource Center (AERC). This new initiative will support ANFREL's work on capacity building by becoming an information center of all election-related materials in Asia. ANFREL wishes to invite you and all stakeholders for cooperation and support in this new endeavor.

ANFREL Co-hosts with its member NAMFREL the 9th Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles for International Observation

From the 12th to the 14th of November, ANFREL co-hosted the 9th Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles for International Observation in Manila with one of its members in the Philippines, the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL). As a long-time endorser of the Declaration, ANFREL was honored to play

ANFREL’s Summary & Findings from the Presidential Runoff Ballot Audit in Afghanistan 2014

The Asian Network for Free Elections has released its report of the observation of the audit of all ballots from the 2014 Afghan Presidential Election Runoff. Below, ANFREL's report details our quantified findings from observing the audit in the Independent Elections Commission's hangars from July to September. The 2014 Audit Observation Mission

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

Election & Audit Shortcomings Must be Springboard for Electoral Reforms

For Immediate Release: ANFREL Statement on the Conclusion to Afghanistan’s Ballot Audit BANGKOK, 29 SEPTEMBER 2014 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Foundation is encouraged by the recent political agreement in Afghanistan and wants to congratulate the people of Afghanistan for their participation in the political transition in the country.

Photos from ANFREL’s observation of the Afghanistan Ballot Audit

With the Afghan ballot audit coming to a close, enjoy some pictures from ANFREL's observation of the audit process. ANFREL continues to follow the process and, as we've done since 2004, supports Afghanistan's democratisation now and in the future. [gallery link="file" ids="3336,3339,3338,3335,3334,3333,3329,3327,3325"]   [caption id="attachment_3334" align="aligncenter" width="150"] ANFREL observers look on before

Nepal 2013 Constituent Assembly Elections Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL Foundation) FINAL REPORT

Acknowledgements The successful outcome of the second Constituent Assembly (CA) Elections in Nepal is  due  primarily  to  the  commitment  of  the  people  of  Nepal  to  a  democratic  political transition.  Therefore,  at  the  very  outset  ANFREL  would  like  to  congratulate  the people  of  Nepal  for  showing  their  faith  in  the  electoral  process  and

JOB VACANCIES: 2 NEW POSITIONS

DESCRIPTION The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) was established in 1997 as Asia’s first network of civil society organizations focused on promoting democracy in the countries of Asia. ANFREL is now looking for a Programme Officer and IT/Webmaster who can help develop for a new ANFREL program Electoral Resource on elections

Indonesian Elections: Need for Calm in Face of Claims of Victory by Both Presidential Camps

Presidential Polling in Indonesia on the 9th of July went smoothly and was thankfully free from major incident. The voters freely exercised their political rights across the nation with the exception of polling stations in the area of Yahukimo mountain due to a delay in the delivery of logistics materials due to

Moving Toward the Indonesia Presidential Election

Indonesian President & Vice-President Candidates; Graphic Credit: fncounter.com   Indonesia is preparing for new leadership thanks to elections scheduled for 9 July 2014. Over 188 million Indonesians are registered to cast their ballots at the 478,591 polling stations set up by the General Elections Commission of Indonesia(KPU). Elections officials have been working overtime to finalise election

Announcing 2015-2016 NED Democracy Fellowships

  CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Dear Colleague, The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program at the International Forum for Democratic Studies is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2015-2016 fellowship year.  Please help us reach out to activists, journalists, and scholars in your field by: forwarding this announcement to eligible individuals and networks connecting with NED and the International

ANFREL Election Day Statement on Afghan Runoff: A Significant Step Forward Deserves Continued Vigilance

KABUL, 16 JUNE 2014 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Foundation congratulates the people of Afghanistan for their participation in the run-off round of their Presidential Election held on 14 June 2014. ANFREL admires the high rate of participation of Afghans who overcame threats and violence and showed exemplary courage

ANFREL Expresses its Condemnation of Thai Military’s Coup D’état & ongoing Military Rule

BANGKOK, 26 May 2014 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Foundation today expressed its condemnation of the Thai military’s May 22nd coup and the subsequent collapse of democratic rights that has followed. Thursday’s military takeover is a grave violation of the fundamental rights of all Thais, no matter their affiliation,

Afghanistan: Announcement of Final Presidential Election Results, Sets Date For Run‐Off

Source: http://www.iec.org.af/media-section/press-releases/366-final-results Kabul, Afghanistan 15 May 2014 - Following the announcement of preliminary Presidential Election results and subsequent investigations, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) has certified the final results of 2014 Presidential Election, conducted on 5 April 2014. In accord with the Afghan Law on the Structure, Duties and Authorities of the IEC

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

Hope, Not Fear: Exemplary Courage Shown by the Voters of Afghanistan

For Immediate Release: ANFREL Statement on Afghanistan’s 05 April 2014 Elections Hope, Not Fear: Exemplary Courage Shown by the People of Afghanistan KABUL, 08 APRIL 2014 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Foundation wishes to enthusiastically commend the people of Afghanistan for their participation in the 05th of April’s Presidential

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