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

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

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

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

Joint Statement: Fake Observers and the Cambodian Legislative Elections

We, as domestic and international election monitors, denounce the attempt by the Government and the National Election Committee (NEC) of Cambodia to legitimize the upcoming July 29 general election by accrediting large numbers of biased election monitors. It is our opinion that the 80,000 domestic observers authorized by the NEC show neither

Grim political climate, dictatorship rubber-stampers take over Cambodian Elections

As legislative elections will take place in Cambodia on July 29, ANFREL will not deploy observers in the country, since we believe the repressive political environment prejudicial to a truly democratic electoral process. In doing so, we stand in solidarity with our members NICFEC and COMFREL, as well as other Cambodian civil

People of Malaysia Mark Historic Elections; ANFREL Calls on New Government to Strengthen Electoral Democracy

Bangkok, 10 May 2018 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) congratulates the people of Malaysia for actively participating in the country’s 14th general elections. It is commendable that the Malaysian people were able to overcome all obstacles that could have prevented them from exercising their democratic right to vote. Civil

Joint Letter to the ASEAN Member States Regarding Cambodia’s Political Instability

For Immediate Release April 25, 2018 For the PDF copy of the letter, please click link: Joint Letter on Cambodia's Political Instability Bangkok, Thailand – On the occasion of the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, seven international non-government organizations wrote a letter to H.E. Dr. Vivian Balakrishan, Foreign Minister

Response on the inaccurate portrayal of ANFREL published by two Cambodian media portals

Bangkok, Thailand -- The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) wishes to correct and clarify the information included in articles published by Swiftnews Daily and Freshnews Asia regarding ANFREL activities as they relate to the July 28, 2018 Cambodian National Assembly Elections. The two media portals published information which inaccurately portrayed ANFREL

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

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

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

  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.  

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

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

ANFREL Statement on the Cambodia Political Party Law Amendments

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

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

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 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

Mongolia: Human Rights Must Be Key Element in the Upcoming Elections

(27 May 2016, Ulaanbaatar) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) together with its members, Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD) and Globe International (GI) and its partners, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) and the Human Rights NGO Forum (Mongolia) jointly call for all political parties, which

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

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

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

Borderless Democracy: Election for Tibetans in Exile Inspires and Offers Lessons for the Future

DHARAMSALA, 20 October – The Asia Democracy Network (ADN), the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), and the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) wish to congratulate the Tibetan Community in Exile for turning out in large numbers to exercise their democratic right to select their leaders in a peaceful

Space for Civil Society, Space for the People: ANFREL Marks the International Day of Democracy

BANGKOK-- On the 15th of September, the Asian Network for Free Elections(ANFREL) marks the International Day of Democracy together with the rest of the world. ANFREL’s members have a deeply held belief in Democracy and, as always, ANFREL’s members from across Asia continue to work tirelessly to protect and promote elections as a

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

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