Joint Statement: 4 Years On, No Effective Investigation into Kem Ley’s Unlawful Killing

Today, on the fourth anniversary of the killing of prominent political commentator and human rights defender Kem Ley, we, the 30 undersigned organizations, call on the Cambodian authorities to create an independent Commission of Inquiry to conduct an effective and impartial investigation that is long overdue into Kem Ley’s death. We further

Joint Statement: Civil Society Organizations condemn the continued investigation of ex-RFA journalists Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin

Phnom Penh, 04 October 2019 – We, the undersigned civil society organizations strongly condemn the decision by the Municipal Court judge to continue the investigation into unsubstantiated espionage charges against Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin. The pair were arbitrarily arrested, detained and charged for the peaceful exercise of their freedom of expression

Joint Letter: UN Human Rights Council should address human rights crisis in Cambodia at its 42nd session

To Members and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council 30 August 2019 Re: UN Human Rights Council should address human rights crisis in Cambodia at its 42nd session Dear Excellency, The undersigned civil society organizations, representing groups working within and outside Cambodia to advance human rights, rule of law,

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

ANFREL releases findings of pre-election assessment for the 2018 Cambodia Elections

Bangkok, Thailand | June 15, 2018 On June 14, 2018, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) released the report of its Pre-election Assessment Mission (PEAM) conducted in Cambodia early May 2018.  The mission was conducted by five (5) international observers led by Mr. Damaso Magbual, the organization’s Spokesperson and Board Member from

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

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

Preliminary Statement on Cambodia’s 2017 Commune Elections

Summary On 4 June 2017, TI Cambodia deployed 1,051 trained and accredited non-partisan election observers to observe the 2017 commune/sangkat council elections. This included 35 supervisors; 822 observers deployed to a random, representative sample of 411 sample polling stations in all 25 provinces to carry out a sample-based observation (SBO); and 200

ANFREL Press Release on the Conduct of the 2017 Cambodia Commune and Sangkat Council Elections

(Initial Publication on June 6, 2017 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia) The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) congratulates the people of the Kingdom of Cambodia for their courage in turning up in great numbers to exercise their right to vote.  ANFREL also commends the steps taken by the National Election Committee (NEC)

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

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

Proposed amendments of the constitution on article 76 and creation of New Chapter 15 on the National Election Commission

Article 76 The National Assembly shall comprise at least 120 members. The number of members of the National Assembly shall be allocated to reflect the proportion of the number of voters in each constituency. You can view the file embedded in the page below: [embed width="650" height="850"]https://anfrel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Article-76-and-New-Chapter-15-of-Constitutional-Amendment-in-English-ERA-final-1.pdf[/embed] [embed width="650" height="850"]https://anfrel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Open-letter-for-ERA-Final1.pdf[/embed]    

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

Transparency & Impartial Investigation Needed To Repair Lost Confidence in Cambodian Elections

Download as PDF Here 05 August 2013, BANGKOK – Given the level of widespread complaints and reports of irregularities related to the July 28th General Election in Cambodia, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) believes that greater transparency and a thorough and impartial investigation that includes a wide variety of participants

Joint Statement on concerns over the political environment ahead of the Cambodian National Election 2013

              Statement on concerns over the political environment ahead of the fifth mandate of National Election 2013 Date: June 12, 2013 The Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (COMFREL), The Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC), the Neutral & Impartial Committee for Free and

COMFREL releases its 2012 annual report on Democracy, Elections and Reform in Cambodia

COMFREL concludes that the Cambodian democracy has experienced further backlashes in 2012 confirming the perception among parts of the Cambodian public and the international community that Cambodia’s political system is in an increasingly fragile state of democracy." --ANFREL member COMFREL's new report on the state of democracy in Cambodia in 2012  

ANFREL Member COMFREL’s Press Statement, Final Assessment and Findings from the 2012 Commune Council Elections

Press Statement On Final Assessment and Findings of 2012 Commune Council Elections Phnom Penh: June 20, 2012 Press Statement On Final Assessment and Findings of 2012 Commune Council Elections The Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (COMFREL) deployed 5,852 election observers including members and staff of national and international NGOs

ANFREL Member NICFEC of Cambodia issues Statement on Election Environment for Cambodian Commune Elections

STATEMENT ON ELECTION ENVIRONMENT FOR THE 3rd MANDATE COMMUNE/SANGKAT ELECTION Phnom Penh, June 4, 2012 On June 3, 2012, Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (NICFEC) deployed 2,000 observers, including people with disabilities, in twenty-one (21) provinces/municipalities to monitor the 3rd Mandate Commune/Sangkat Election process in order

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