Monthly Brief on Countries under Restrictive Environment – Series #5 (August 2021)

The following is the August issue of ANFREL's Monthly Brief on Countries under Restrictive Environment that covers democracy and civil and political rights issues in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Hong Kong.  Download here: Monthly Brief on Countries under Restrictive Environment - Series #5 (August 2021)

Myanmar Situation Update (23-29 August 2021)

The Myanmar Military is preparing to file another lawsuit against deposed President U Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has lodged a complaint with the police station in Naypyidaw's Zabu Thiri township alleging that the two leaders were involved in corruption over new land plots

Joint Statement on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan

The undersigned organizations express their concern about the rapidly unfolding developments occurring in Afghanistan, including the entrance of Taliban troops in the capital Kabul on 15 August in violation of their February 2020 agreement with the government of the United States of America, the exile of President Ashraf Ghani, and growing numbers

Myanmar Situation Update (9-15 August 2021)

The National Unity Government of Myanmar (NUG) said it welcomes ASEAN’s appointment of a special envoy to help resolve the country’s post-coup crisis. However, advocate group Justice for Myanmar released a statement warning that the appointment of Erywan Yusof as ASEAN’s special envoy to Myanmar was not suitable because Brunei's fully state-owned

Myanmar Situation Update (2-8 August 2021)

As 8 August 2021 marked for Myanmar the 33rd anniversary of the 1988 pro-democracy uprising, a historic protest movement in which the cry for democracy of Myanmar’s people was heard around the world, activists around the country renewed calls to end military rule once and for all. The Association of Southeast Asian

Call for Applications: ANFREL SEA Media Fellowship on Election Reporting

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), the leading election monitoring group in Asia, is proud to launch its pilot media fellowship on election reporting for Southeast Asian journalists. The fellowship program seeks to equip journalists from independent news outlets and freelance journalists in empowering the electorate through crucial reporting of underrepresented

Transparency Maldives: Call for Abstract Submissions

ANFREL member Transparency Maldives is calling for abstract submissions for the first issue of their new digest. Scheduled to be published in September 2021, the issue will be on "drivers and social problems that increase the vulnerabilities, especially of young people, and make them more susceptible to violent extremism and radicalization." Submissions

Thailand: Immediately repeal emergency regulation that threatens online freedoms

Seventeen international human rights organizations today denounced the Thai government’s newly announced Regulation No. 29, which empowers the authorities to censor online expression, and investigate and prosecute individuals responsible for communications that may “instigate fear”. The Regulation is the government’s latest attack on the right to freedom of expression and information in

Six Months after Myanmar Coup: A Summary of the Junta’s Continuous Attempts to Undermine Electoral Democracy

The Myanmar military, or Tatmadaw, staged a military coup on 1 February 2021, just before the new parliament elected through the 2020 General Elections was to convene. The coup triggered mass nationwide protests and a civil disobedience movement, causing over 900 people being killed and thousands being detained to date. On the

Myanmar Situation Update (26 July – 1 August 2021)

The junta-appointed election commission of Myanmar has officially nullified the results of the November 2020 general elections, claiming there was widespread fraud. The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) issued a statement that people's power is elected by the people, who are the original owners of sovereignty, and it cannot be annulled by

Save the Dates: AESF 5 will be on 20-21 October 2021

The largest gathering of electoral stakeholders in Asia is going online. The Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum 5 (AESF 5), co-hosted by the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) and the Association of World Election Bodies (AWEB), will take place on 20-21 October 2021. AESF brings together key electoral stakeholders in Asia and

Monthly Brief on Countries under Restrictive Environment – Series #4 (July 2021)

ANFREL started publishing the monthly brief on the countries under a restrictive environment in April 2021 to provide an insight into the human rights and democracy situation in these countries. This brief covers issues related to elections and civil and political rights in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Hong Kong.  Download here: Monthly

Myanmar Situation Update (19-25 July 2021)

Demonstrations were held across Myanmar on the public Martyr’s Day holiday to commemorate slain independence heroes, including the father of the country's detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The junta excluded Suu Kyi from the annual Martyrs’ Day observances honoring her father, Gen. Aung San, and other heroes who led Myanmar to

Myanmar Situation Update (12-18 July 2021)

Myanmar detained State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint and former Naypyitaw Council Chairman Dr. Myo Aung appeared at a special court in Naypyitaw’s Zabuthiri township for their trial for incitement under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code. The junta filed fresh charges against Suu Kyi, bringing the

Myanmar Situation Update (5-11 July 2021)

The junta’s special court in Naypyitaw on 6 July rejected objections by the defense team of ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to the introduction of prosecution evidence against her on a sedition charge with the argument that it failed to follow established judicial procedure. Former Rakhine State Chief Minister U

Cambodia: No justice at 5-year anniversary of Kem Ley’s death

Today, in advance of the fifth anniversary of the unlawful killing of prominent political commentator and human rights defender Kem Ley, the 45 undersigned organizations reiterate their call for the Cambodian authorities to create an independent Commission of Inquiry tasked with conducting an independent, impartial and effective investigation into Kem Ley’s death.

ANFREL Newsletter (April-June 2021)

ANFREL continues its efforts to support the people of Myanmar in their struggle for the restoration of democracy in Myanmar amid the seizure of power from the civilian government by the military in February 2021. On 17 May 2021, ANFREL released the final comprehensive report of their international election observation mission to

Monthly Brief on Countries under Restrictive Environment – Series #3 (June 2021)

ANFREL published its June issue of the monthly brief on the countries under a restrictive environment. As usual, the brief covers issues related to elections and civil and political rights in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar and Hong Kong in the past month. Download here: Monthly Brief on Countries under Restrictive Environment - Series #3 (June

Joint Statement: Drop All Charges Against Mother Nature Activists, Release Imprisoned Rights Activists

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Sunday charged four members of the Mother Nature environmental movement with plotting an attack against the state and insulting the king, part of the targeted and outrageous persecution of frontline environmental defenders and grassroots activists by the government. Authorities should stop imprisoning and start listening to

Myanmar Situation Update (14-20 June 2021)

Nearly five months after the coup, the junta has begun the trial of the leaders of NLD. Ousted State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in a special court in Naypyitaw on 14 June to hear three cases for possession of illegally imported walkie-talkies, violations of the Telecommunications Law and Natural Disaster

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