Statements

[STATEMENT] PAKISTAN: Rights Activists Detained and Arrested for Taking Part in Peace Rally Must Be Released Immediately

  PAKISTAN: Rights Activists Detained and Arrested for Taking Part in Peace Rally Must Be Released Immediately   October 16, 2018 SEOUL, KOREA – Pakistan’s arrest of rights activist is an attempt to silence the voice of the people, an increasing trend of suppression in the country. Pakistan authorities started to crack down on those who participated and organized in a peaceful rally that took place in August 2018, in which thousands gathered

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[ADN STATEMENT] MALDIVES TRIUMPH FOR DEMOCRACY

  STATEMENT: MALDIVES TRIUMPH FOR DEMOCRACY Seoul, 26 Sept 2018 – The Asia Democracy Network (ADN) congratulates the people of the Maldives in holding peaceful and successful Presidential elections on 23 Sep 2018. It was reported that the election process was overall smooth without any significant obstruction in the principle and technical implementation. The suprising results of the opposition candidate, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, winning 58

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[STATEMENT] BANGLADESH: MUST ENSURE BASIC FREEDOMS LEADING UP TO THE ELECTIONS

[STATEMENT] BANGLADESH: MUST ENSURE BASIC FREEDOMS LEADING UP TO THE ELECTIONS SEOUL, KOREA - Leading up to the 2018 general elections in Bangladesh, there has been escalated suppression of people’s freedom in expressing their views and criticism. In early August, thousands of Bangladesh students took to the streets in protest against the authorities demanding road safety improvements. What was a peaceful protest by the students ended in violence

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[ADN Statement] CAMBODIA MUST REMEDY ITS DETERIORATING DEMOCRACY

    CAMBODIA MUST REMEDY ITS DETERIORATING DEMOCRACY   Seoul, Korea – The Asia Democracy Network (ADN) welcomes the series of release of a few political prisoners who have been detained by the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) in the recent years. Land rights and human rights defender, Tep Vany was released on 20 Aug 2018 after being unjustly imprisoned for almost two years. Meanwhile on August 21st, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court also

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[STATEMENT] JOINT STATEMENT: Civil Society Groups Call for the Release of Tep Vanny

JOINT STATEMENT: Civil Society Groups Call for the Release of Tep Vanny Phnom Penh, 14 August 2018 - Land activist and human rights defender Tep Vanny has been unjustly detained for two years, for defending the rights of the Boeung Kak Lake community and her fellow Cambodians. We, the undersigned civil society organisations and communities, condemn her ongoing imprisonment and call on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release

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[STATEMENT] Joint Letter to UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association

To the President of Bangladesh, H.E. Md Abdul Hamid Bangladesh: Release all those arbitrarily arrested and investigate police abuse Dear President Hamid, We are writing to express our concerns about serious violations of civic freedoms perpetrated during recent protests in Bangladesh. We urge your government to take immediate steps to address these issues in accordance with your international human rights obligations. Our organisations are concerned

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[Statement] ASIAN YOUTH CALLS FOR UNITY AND DEMOCRACY RENEWAL IN RESPONSE TO DEMOCRACY CHALLENGES IN ASIA

ASIAN YOUTH CALLS FOR UNITY AND DEMOCRACY RENEWAL IN RESPONSE TO DEMOCRACY CHALLENGES IN ASIA   SEOUL,KOREA – June 14, 2018 Youth democracy and human rights representatives from the Asian region gathered in the Republic of Korea from May 13-24 to attend the Empowering Asia Forum 2018: Youth Leadership Forum for Democracy hosted by the Asia Democracy Network. At the forum, participants shared challenges to democracy in their respective countries

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JOINT OPEN LETTER TO GENERAL PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA: CONCERNS REGARDING THE ARREST AND PROSECUTION OF PEACEFUL PROTESTERS

JOINT OPEN LETTER TO GENERAL PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA: CONCERNS REGARDING THE ARREST AND PROSECUTION OF PEACEFUL PROTESTERS 5 June 2018 Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha Government House Pitsanulok Road, Dusit Bangkok 10300, Thailand   Re: Concerns regarding arrest and prosecution of peaceful protesters   Dear Prime Minister, We are writing to you with regards to the recent arrest and charging of pro-democracy activists for their participation

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Thailand Military Junta Continues to Suppress the Civic Freedom of Association and Assembly: Restoration of Democracy Overdue in Thailand

Thailand Military Junta Continues to Suppress the Civic Freedom of Association and Assembly: Restoration of Democracy Overdue in Thailand Seoul, Korea 24 May 2018 – On the 4th anniversary of the military coup in Thailand, the Thailand Junta has failed to deliver its promises of free and fair elections and the restoration of democracy. The people of Thailand came out to the streets demanding democracy on this anniversary. However, the Junta has

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[Statement] Deteriorating Democracy in the Philippines: Rule of Law Must Be Upheld

Deteriorating Democracy in the Philippines: Rule of Law Must Be Upheld   May 11, 2018 – Democratic institutions continue to be beleaguered in the Philippines. On May 11, the Supreme Court ousted its own Chief Justice, Maria Lourdes Sereno, through an archaic process called Quo Warranto. According to the country’s constitution, the Chief Justice can only be removed through an impeachment. Thus what happened was clearly a transgression of

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