ANFREL Member Odhikar’s Bangladesh Human Rights Monitoring Report of May 2015

Odhikar's Bangladesh Human Rights Monitoring Report May 1 – 31, 2015 Political violence Human rights violations on the high seas Extrajudicial killings Freedom of the media Freedom of expression Human rights violation by BSF along the border The religious minority community Public lynching Violence against women   Odhikar believes that ‘democracy’ is

Thai Coup D’état Anniversary: Elections, Not Ongoing Military Rule, Offer Thailand a Sustainable Democratic Roadmap

On the one-year anniversary of Thailand's most recent coup, ANFREL's fears in the days following the 22 May 2014 coup have unfortunately come true. The timing for elections has been pushed back repeatedly, with threats to delay them further unless conditions, in the eyes of the ruling junta, prove perfect. Until the

ANFREL Member Odhikar’s Human Rights Monitoring Report of April 2015

Human Rights Monitoring Report  April 1 – 30, 2015 Farcical City Corporation Elections 2015 Political violence Extrajudicial killings Freedom of expression and the media Situation of ready-made garment workers Human rights violations by BSF along the border Human rights violations against religious minority communities Public lynching Violence against women Repressive Information and

ANFREL Quarterly E-Bulletin (January – March 2015)

Here is ANFREL’s quarterly newsletter covering the period of January – March 2015. This issue gives you the latest news of ANFREL’s activities and contributions from ANFREL members and network from all over Asia. The E-bulletin is a recently launched ANFREL quarterly publication that will contain relevant and important updates regarding the

2015 Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum Draws Much Needed Attention to Electoral Challenges in Asia

DILI, March 19, 2015 – The 2015 Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum came to a successful close on March 19th after two days of substantive discussions and information sharing among representatives of Election Management Bodies(EMBs) and Civil Society Organizations(CSOs). Coming two years after the inaugural meeting of the AES Forum, this year’s co-hosts,

Election Management Bodies and Civil Society Come Together as Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum Kicks Off in Dili, Timor-Leste

17 March 2015, DILI, TIMOR-LESTE– The historic second meeting of the Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum (AES Forum) will take place in Dili, Timor-Leste on 18 & 19 March 2015. It brings together more than 120 representatives of Election Management Bodies and Civil Society Organizations from across Asia and the Community of Portuguese

ANFREL Member Odhikar’s Human Rights Monitoring Report of February 2015

Human Rights Monitoring Report  February 1 – 28, 2015 Heightened levels of political violence Human rights violations by BSF along the border  Public lynching  Violence against women  Information and Communication Technology Act, 2006 (Amended 2009 and 2013) still exists  Hindrance of human rights activities of Odhikar  Odhikar  believes  that  ‘democracy’  is  a

Indonesia’s PERLUDEM introduces Open Web Approach to Innovative Voter Engagement

The election process in Indonesia has gone through significant changes and developments  in  2014. The legislative and presidential elections were considered as the most competitive elections in Indonesia's history. The 2014 elections also introduced innovations to make the electoral process closer to the people. One of the successful innovations is the introduction

BERSIH2.0 Annual Report 2014

BERSIH in 2014: picking up the pieces of GE13 & the race to face redelineation THE YEAR AFTER the highly charged 13th General Election (GE13) remained a busy one for BERSIH 2.0. PEMANTAU & People’s Tribunal First, the report of PEMANTAU was published. The monumental civil society initiative to monitor GE13—by BERSIH

ANFREL E-Bulletin Issue No.1

ANFREL's Asian Electoral Resource Center (AERC)  is pleased  to introduce its first ONLINE BULLETIN. The first ANFREL E-Bulletin covers election-related news and  ANFREL activities from July - December 2014. ANFREL E-bulletin is a new ANFREL quarterly publication that will contain relevant and important updates regarding the state of electoral democracy in the region. We

Sri Lanka Presidential Election 2015: “A Triumph of the People”

PRESS STATEMENT SRI LANKA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2015: “A TRIUMPH OF THE PEOPLE” The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) congratulates the people of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for their commitment to strengthen democracy by participating in the Presidential Election. ANFREL, an independent network of Asian Election Observers, also wishes


Press Release December 29, 2014   ASIAN ELECTION OBSERVERS DEPLOY ACROSS SRI LANKA FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2015 Independent Election Observers from the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) are deployed across Sri Lanka to observe the upcoming Presidential Election which is scheduled to be held on January 8, 2015. The observers from


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


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 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


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:   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

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