Joint Statement: End Enforced Disappearances in Bangladesh

For Immediate Release (Dhaka, August 28, 2020) – Bangladesh security forces and law-enforcement agencies continuously commit enforced disappearances with impunity, targeting journalists, activists, and government critics, 12 human rights groups said today ahead of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. The groups remember the victims of enforced disappearances and

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

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

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 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

Hope, Not Fear: Exemplary Courage Shown by the Voters of Afghanistan

For Immediate Release: ANFREL Statement on Afghanistan’s 05 April 2014 Elections Hope, Not Fear: Exemplary Courage Shown by the People of Afghanistan KABUL, 08 APRIL 2014 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Foundation wishes to enthusiastically commend the people of Afghanistan for their participation in the 05th of April’s Presidential

ANFREL Expresses Grave Concern About Violence & the Blocking of Polling Centers in Thailand

BANGKOK, 27 January 2014 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) views with grave concern all acts of violence and violations of human, civil, and political rights that took place on January 26th, Advanced Voting Day in Thailand. Regarding the shooting of protest leader Suthin Tharatin and the injuries that took

ANFREL on Thailand’s Ongoing Protests and Disruptions to the 02 February Elections

For Immediate Release: BANGKOK, 23 DECEMBER 2013 – The ANFREL Foundation wishes to express its ongoing concern about street protests in Bangkok, in particular, the recent attempt by protesters to forcibly block elections scheduled for 02 February 2014 as well as their call for an unelected and unrepresentative body to govern the

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 Investigation Required into State Agencies’ Interference with 2012 South Korean Presidential Election

BANGKOK, 18 December 2013 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), a regional NGO that promotes and supports democratization in Asia, wishes to express its concern about the illegal intervention by state agencies in the South Korean Presidential Election in December of 2012. Those facts which have come out about the

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”,

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

Malaysia GE13: Serious Concerns About May 5th Election Require Sincere Investigation and Reform

  Malaysia GE13: Serious Concerns Require Investigation and Reform   The 5th May 2012 general election in Malaysia, the country’s 13th, had an encouraging record turnout of 80 percent of eligible voters exercising their franchise and the election day processes of polling and counting were generally peaceful. But taking both of those

More, Not Less: A Call for Greater Election Observation in Malaysia

ANFREL Statement on Observer Accreditation in Malaysia For Immediate Release More, Not Less: A Call for Greater Election Observation in Malaysia BANGKOK, 28 June 2012 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) wishes to acknowledge the Election Commission of Malaysia’s (SPR) recent accreditation of several organisations to observe the upcoming elections. Official

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