A Call to Defend Democracy

This is a joint statement signed by various organizations and individuals. See endorsers here. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens more than the lives and the livelihoods of people throughout the world. It is also a political crisis that threatens the future of liberal democracy. Authoritarian regimes, not surprisingly, are using the crisis to

Statement: The Hong Kong Government Must Stop Indiscriminate and Violent Crackdown and Ensure Freedom of Assembly and Demonstration

First published on the People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD) website on 4 October 2019. On October 1, the 70th National Day of China, a tragic incident occurred in Hong Kong. On the day that a "Day of Mourning" event was held in honor of those killed by state violence, a highschool

ANFREL is hiring: Project Coordinator for Capacity Building for Civil Society in Thailand

Position ID: FY2019.PCThaiCB Hours: Full-time, Regular Duration of Contract: 3 ½ months (until 31 December 2019), with potential continuation afterwards Location: ANFREL Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications Starting Date: As soon as possible (position will be filled when a suitable candidate is found) Roles and Responsibilities: ANFREL

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,

ANFREL releases revised Myanmar election monitoring handbook

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) presented its revised "Election Monitoring Handbook" to the ANFREL member organizations, Union Election Commission (UEC) of Myanmar, and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Yangon in Myanmar last week of August. ANFREL’s “Election Monitoring Handbook for National Election Monitoring Groups in Myanmar” was first introduced in

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

The Colombo Pledge to Promote and Defend Electoral Democracy in Asia (Myanmar Language Version)

Full Report : Colombo Pledge ( Myanmar Translation) We,  the  election stakeholders convening today  at  the  fourth  Asian  Electoral Stakeholders Forum (AESF  IV), reaffirm our resolute commitment and dedication to secure  democratic elections for everyone in Asia.  We believe  it is our duty to act assertively on electoral issues  and do everything in

The Colombo Pledge to Promote and Defend Democracy

PDF Copy: The Colombo Pledge The Colombo Pledge to Promote and Defend Electoral Democracy in Asia We, the election stakeholders convening today at the fourth Asian Electoral Stakeholders Forum (AESF IV), reaffirm our resolute commitment and dedication to secure democratic elections for everyone in Asia. We believe it is our duty to act

Election Commission of Sri Lanka and ANFREL all set to hold the Fourth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum

For Immediate Release Colombo, Sri Lanka It is the honor of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka and the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) to convene the Fourth Asian Electoral Stakeholders Forum (AESF-IV) in Colombo, Sri Lanka,on August 27 and 28, 2018. The AESF will have as theme “Advancing Election Transparency

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

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

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

Urgent Appeal: The arrest and detention of 14 members of the New Democracy Movement and intimidation against independence of attorney, 24 – 27 June 2015

The New Democracy Movement (NDM) The group is formed by students from the North, Central Plain, Northeast, and South plus more than 20 community-based organizations on 8 June 2015 at the Democracy Monument in Khon Kaen. Their fundamental five principles include; 1. A democratic principle that helps to ensure equal rights and

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

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

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 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,

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

CONCERNING THE GENERAL ELECTIONS IN BANGLADESH 2014

PRESS STATEMENT CONCERNING THE GENERAL ELECTIONS IN BANGLADESH 2014 Bangkok, December 24, 2013: The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), the Asian election watchdog, urges the Government and the Election Commission of Bangladesh to postpone the election scheduled to be held on January 5, 2013 citing several conditions that undermine the conduct

More Democracy Needed, Not Less: Removal of An Elected Government & Proposal for a “Peoples’ Council” Would Be a Step Backwards for Thai Democracy

For Immediate Release: BANGKOK, 08 December 2013 – The ANFREL Foundation wishes to express its deep concern about the ongoing protests in Bangkok, in particular, the attempt by protesters to remove an elected government through undemocratic means and their calling for an unelected body to govern the country, a so-called “People’s Council”,

Asia Democracy Network (ADN) Launches in Seoul on 22 October 2013

The Launching Assembly of the Asian Democracy Network met in Seoul on 22 October 2013, read the result of the Ceremony here: [embed width="650" height="850"]https://anfrel.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/ADN-Launching-Ceremony-Program-and-Seoul-Democracy-Declaration-2013-10-22-final.pdf[/embed] Or download as a PDF here: ADN Launching Ceremony Program and Seoul Democracy Declaration 2013 10 22 final  

ANFREL-Foundation initiative to create awareness about parliamentary democracy in Myanmar

In order to create awareness about the functioning of a parliament amongst the people of Burma/Myanmar an initiative titled, Training and Parliament Education (TAPE)-Myanmar has been started in the country since February 2013. The implementation of the project follows two years of research, assessments and resource mapping. Several activities have been undertaken

July 21st’s Election in Japan Gives Stronger Mandate to PM Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party

Article with video on Sky News website here: http://news.sky.com/story/1118836/japan-election-shinzo-abe-hails-landslide-win The Japanese prime minister's ruling coalition has won a solid majority in the country's upper house elections, gaining control of both chambers of parliament. Shinzo Abe's decisive win is being seen as a mandate to press ahead with difficult economic reforms - an endorsement

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  

SAARC Democracy Charter Citizens’ Initiative

SAARC Democracy Charter  Citizens' Initiative This is the Final Version of the Charter prepared by the Regional Conference on SAARC Democracy Charter: Citizens' Initiative, held in Kathmandu on 20th -21st September 2011. A Working Draft was initially prepared by the Brainstorming Meeting held in Kathmandu on 24th-25th November 2010. SACEPS is grateful

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