Statements

[Community of Democracies] Statement on International Day of Democracy

Statement on International Day of Democracy September 15, 2016 Ambassador Maria Leissner, Secretary General of the Community of Democracies, issued the following statement on International Day of Democracy: French statement below / Déclaration français ci-dessous Today, the world celebrates the ninth International Day of Democracy. In 2007, all UN member states approved a resolution where they recognized democracy, human rights and rule of law

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[ADN Statement] International Day of Democracy: Asian leaders should redouble efforts in democratic governance to achieve 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

For immediate release: 13 September 2016 International Day of Democracy: Asian leaders should redouble efforts in democratic governance to achieve 2030 Sustainable Development Goals   (Seoul, 15 September 2016) On this important occasion of the International Day of Democracy on September 15, Asia Democracy Network (ADN) calls on the peoples in Asia to remain steadfast in defending democracy in the region. ADN urges all Asian leaders to redouble

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[ADN Statement] Hong Kong Legislative Council Elections 2016: Path to Democracy

[Statement] Hong Kong Legislative Council Elections 2016: Path to Democracy September 6, 2016   (Seoul, Korea) On September 4, 2016, the people of Hong Kong made their quest for genuine democracy heard loud and clear by retaining one-thirds of the legislative seats for the pro-democracy groups despite the unfair system of functional categories in which only 6% of the total population of Hong Kong voters are eligible to vote. Among the 3.8 million

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[ADN Statement] Asian Political Leaders Must Address Regression of Human Rights, Democracy, and Peace in Asia

Asian Political Leaders Must Address Regression of Human Rights, Democracy, and Peace in Asia   Statement on the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summit, 19th ASEAN+3 Summit and the 11th East Asia Summit (EAS) at Vientiane, Laos on 6-8 Sept. 2016   (Seoul, 6 September 2016) Asian political leaders, in particular, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) must take concrete measures to address international concerns on the regression of human

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Cambodia: ADN Condemns the Killing of Kem Ley and Demands for Independent and Transparent Investigation

Cambodia: ADN Condemns the Killing of Kem Ley and Demands for Independent and Transparent Investigation                                                                                                        Photo: Phnom Penh Post – Heng Chivoan     Photo: Khmer Times – Chor Sokunthea   July 12, Seoul – The Asia Democracy Network (ADN) strongly condemns the killing of prominent independent

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[ADN Statement] Thailand’s Constitution Referendum Must be Free and Fair

Thailand’s Constitution Referendum Must be Free and Fair   The Thai Junta has blocked all efforts to establish monitoring mechanisms for the nationwide constitutional referendum process. Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha, the Head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) that is responsible for the implementation of the referendum, has warned the people of Thailand that anyone monitoring support for the referendum will be arrested

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[ADN Statement] Philippines Elections: Human rights and democratic principles should be prioritized

Philippines Elections: Human rights and democratic principles should be prioritized                                                                                                                                                                  May 12, 2016   On May 9, 2016, the people of

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[Statement] South Korea General Elections: People Voice for Democracy through the Ballot

  South Korea General Elections: People Voice for Democracy through the Ballot   April 15, 2016   On April 13, 2016 the people of South Korea exercised their suffrage to democratically elect their respective representatives in parliament. Despite a long time hold as the majority party in the National Assembly, the ruling party suffered a surprise defeat when it took only 122 of the 300 seats. The voter turnout reached 58%, an all-time high compared

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[ADN Statement] In Commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the Philippine People Power Revolution

In Commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the Philippine People Power Revolution February 26, 2016   This year commemorates the 30th anniversary of the People Power Revolution in 1986 that peacefully overthrew the authoritarian government by stirring the international audience. The Asia Democracy Network commemorates the triumphant democratic achievement and contribution to precedent in the Asian region by the people of the Philippines. The

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[ADN Statement] Taiwan Elections: Reaffirming Democratic Values

Taiwan Elections: Reaffirming Democratic Values   The Asia Democracy Network congratulates the people of Taiwan for a successful presidential and legislative election. Through the practice of free and fair elections, the people of Taiwan have voiced their will. It is not an overstatement that the elections were managed in a transparent and peaceful manner, with full citizen participation and with sufficient space for political parties to operate

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