Statements

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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[Statement] DEMOCRACY PREVAILS IN MALAYSIA

  DEMOCRACY PREVAILS IN MALAYSIA    May 10, 2018 – On 9 May 2018, the people of Malaysia went to the polls and cast their sacred ballots. After a six-decade run, the ruling coalition was defeated in a stunning upset by an opposition alliance led by former Malaysian leader Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. The election commission official results confirmed that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) – or Alliance for Hope-- and its allies surpassed the 112 seats

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[Statement] A CALL FOR ASIAN DEMOCRATS TO FOSTER UNITY THROUGH PROMOTING AND DEFENDING DEMOCRACY TOGETHER

A CALL FOR ASIAN DEMOCRATS TO FOSTER UNITY THROUGH PROMOTING AND DEFENDING DEMOCRACY TOGETHER   Dakar, 9 May 2018 The Asia Democracy Network (ADN) expresses concern for the regression of democracy in the region. ADN calls for democratic unity of all democracy advocates to defend democracy in their home countries and offer solidarity to those countries in democracy crisis. Taking part in the Ninth Global Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy

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[ADN STATEMENT] Next on the Agenda for the Two Koreas: Democracy and Human Rights

Next on the Agenda for the Two Koreas: Democracy and Human Rights SEOUL – On 27 April 2018, a thaw on the Korean peninsula was witnessed as the two leaders of the Koreas had a historical meeting to discuss peace. Kim Jong Un became the first North Korean leader to make an official visit to South Korea to meet President Moon Jae-in at the Panmunjom, the joint security area located at the 38th parallel of the peninsula, which is the most heavily

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[ADN Statement] MAYDAY – PROTECTING LABOR RIGHTS PROMOTES HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY

  MAYDAY – PROTECTING LABOR RIGHTS PROMOTES HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY Bangkok, May 1, 2018—In the occasion of May Day – International Workers’ Day, the Asia democracy Network stands in solidarity and pay tribute to all laborers and the working classes that is the backbone to the foundation of a society. ADN supports and recognizes the importance of the international labor movement to protect laborers from harsh working conditions and

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[ADN Statement] Terrorist Labeling of Indigenous Rights and UN Representative Shows Inauspicious State of Human Rights in the Philippines

PRESS STATEMENT TERRORIST LABELING OF INDIGENOUS RIGHTS AND UN REPRESENTATIVE SHOWS INAUSPICIOUS STATE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE PHILIPPINES Seoul, 15 March 2018. The Asia Democracy Network expresses deep regret over the decision by the Philippine government declaring over 600 individuals including indigenous rights groups and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz, as “terrorist”. Such a move poses a direct

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[ADN Statement] Maldives Deepening Political Crisis: Condemnation to the Unlawful state of emergency

Maldives Deepening Political Crisis: Condemnation to the Unlawful state of emergency     Seoul, Korea – On February 6, 2018   The Asia Democracy Network (ADN) expresses grave concern on the deepening political crisis in the Maldives after the government declared a 15-day state of emergency for the country. The decree immediately was followed by the arrest of Supreme Court justices and former President Abdul Gayoom. ADN emphasizes that

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Asia Loses Democracy Champion: Surin Pitsuwan

We are deeply saddened to hear of a loss of a democracy champion and ally to the Asia region, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan. Through his diplomatic life, Dr. Pitsuwan was an ally to human rights and democracy in Asia. During his time as Thailand’s deputy foreign minister from 1992 to 1995, thereafter becoming the prime minister from 1997 until 2001. During the East Timor crisis, when the ASEAN chairmanship was under Thailand, Pitsuwan led Southeast Asia in

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