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

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

Joint Submission to the 3rd UPR of Thailand

Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) and ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) have made a joint submission to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Thailand that will take place in October 2021. The submission was done based on ANFREL's findings in its international election observation mission to the 2019 Thai general

ANFREL Newsletter (October-December 2020)

The year 2020 has been quite a challenging year for many as the COVID-19 pandemic affected many aspects of everyday life. For this edition of ANFREL's newsletter e-Bulletin, we highlight our activities and programs not just for the last quarter of 2020 but our journey throughout the year. The Asian Network for

ANFREL Observes Thai PAO Elections, 20 December 2020

Four observers teams of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) were deployed in the provinces of Surin, Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom, and Nonthaburi to monitor the Thai provincial elections held on 20 December 2020. These were the first local elections conducted since the civilian government was toppled by a military coup

ANFREL Hosts Webinar on Thai Local Elections

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) is hosting a webinar about the Thai local elections looking into the opportunities and obstacles for decentralization in Thailand on Tuesday, 15 December 2020, at 4 p.m. (Bangkok Time). Local elections in Thailand are scheduled for 20 December 2020. ANFREL invited Dr. Orathai Kokpol, deputy

STATEMENT: Respect, protect and fulfill right to peaceful protest in Thailand

Statement by International NGOs on Pro-Democracy Protests on November 17 and 25, 2020 We, the undersigned organizations, condemn the Thai police’s unnecessary and excessive use of force against peaceful protesters marching to the national parliament in Bangkok on November 17, 2020. We are concerned that authorities could employ similar measures when facing

ANFREL observes Thai by-election, 9 August 2020

See more photos here: "By-Election in Samut Prakan, Thailand" The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) observed a by-election in Thailand’s Samut Prakan province on 9 August 2020. It was the second time a by-election took place in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic, under the “new normal election” policy devised by

ANFREL releases 2019-4Q E-Bulletin

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) released the latest edition of its quarterly e-newsletter E-Bulletin. For the last quarter of 2019, ANFREL successfully concluded its international election observation mission for the 2019 Sri Lanka Presidential Election in November, organized trainings for election monitors in Myanmar and Thailand, and elected a new

ANFREL launches election monitoring handbook for Thai CSOs

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) launched its first election monitoring handbook for civil society organizations in Thailand. Tailor-fitted to address the needs of emerging domestic election watchdog organizations in the country, the Election Monitoring Handbook for CSOs in Thailand aims to help election monitors in pursuing significant initiatives on their

Election Monitoring for Thai CSOs training, 18-19 December 2019

[rev_slider alias="2019-12-19"]   The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) organized a two-day training on election monitoring for civil society organizations and media in Thailand from 18 to 19 December 2019. The participants learned the legal framework of elections in Thailand, international standards of democratic governance, and key principles of election monitoring,

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

Thailand: Legal measures concerning the rights of persons with disabilities to participate in the election under the Organic Act on the Election of Members of Parliament B.E. 2561 (2018)

Full Research (Thai): วิจัยกฎหมาย_ฉบับสมบูรณ์_ Executive Summary (English): Executive Summary Joint Statement by ANFREL and PWD Network in Thailand: Joint Statement_ANFREL_PWD Network.2 Aug.2019 Abstract The election is one of the most critical procedures that undergird the foundation of liberal democracy as it enables citizens to express their collective political wills by electing their representatives according to

THAILAND CONSTITUTIONAL REFERENDUM 2016

A Brief Assessment Report BACKGROUND Thailand democratic rule has been forcedly retaken by military through successful coup d'état that happened on May 22nd 2014 led by General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Commander of the Royal Thai Army (RTA), against the caretaker government of Thailand, following six months of the crisis in the country. The

ANFREL, AGENDA partner with ECT to enhance PWD political participation

The Asian Network for Free Elections (Anfrel), AGENDA – General Election Network for Disability Access, and the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) are currently engaging in projects to improve accessibility of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Thailand during elections. The project aims to spread awareness on the needs of PWDs by providing

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 to Perform Random Polling Station Checks during 2016 Thailand Constitutional Referendum

For Immediate Release 04 August 2016 Bangkok, Thailand ANFREL to Perform Random Polling Station Checks during 2016 Thailand Constitutional Referendum The Asian Network for Free Elections announced that it plans to perform spot checks of polling stations to observe the conduct of the Thai referendum to be held on 7 August 2016.

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

Draft Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand 2016 Unofficial English Translation

Draft Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand 2016 Unofficial English Translation This unofficial translation was made possible through the collaboration and contributions of International IDEA (Australia), International Commission of Jurists (Thailand) and the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Thailand (Thailand). Additional technical input was provided by Ms. Eugénie Mérieau,

Organic Act on Referendum for the Draft Constitution 2016

Referendum Act and document related from ECT.(Election Commission of Thailand) Download  PDF version here: Organic Act on Referendum for the Draft Constitution 2016 part 1 Download  PDF version here: Organic Act on Referendum for the Draft Constitution 2016 part 2 Download  PDF version here: The voting in Referendum (booklet)2016 Download  PDF version

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

Thailand: Human rights groups condemn NCPO Order 13/2016 and urgefor it to be revoked immediately

(Bangkok, 5 April 2016) - Thailand must immediately revoke National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order 13/2016 which confers sweeping powers on the Royal Thai Armed Forces in contravention of human rights and the rule of law, said the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI),

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

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,

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