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[Statement] International Human Rights Day: Asian Governments Must Uphold the Right to Democracy

For Immediate Release International Human Rights Day: Asian Governments Must Uphold the Right to Democracy (Seoul, 10 December 2016) On this International Human Rights Day that is celebrated all over the world, the Asia Democracy Network (ADN), congratulate the peoples of Asia for their determined and continued struggle for the right to democracy as enshrined in Article 21 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which stipulates that “The

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[ADN Statement] Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi should speak out against ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas

Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi should speak out against ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas (Photo Credit: Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain) (Seoul, 30 November 2016) The Asia Democracy Network (ADN) calls on Aung San Suu Kyi, the icon of democracy for Myanmar and Nobel peace prize laureate, to unequivocally condemn the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas in the Rakhine state. It is no longer tenable for Aung San Suu Kyi, who is virtually

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[ADN Statement] Malaysia: Chair of Electoral Reform Movement – Bersih 2.0, Maria Chin Should be Released

For Immediate Release 24 November 2016 Malaysia: Chair of Electoral Reform Movement – Bersih 2.0, Maria Chin Should be Released    (Photo Credit: Edgar Su-Reuters) (Seoul, 24 November 2016) The Asia Democracy Network (ADN) condemns the arbitrary arrest and detention of Maria Chin Abdullah, the chairperson of the electoral reform movement, Bersih 2.0, on broad and dubious charges of undermining parliamentary democracy. We deplore the police

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[ADN Statement] South Korea’s President Park must step down for democratic solutions to deepening constitutional crisis

  South Korea’s President Park must step down for democratic solutions to deepening constitutional crisis November 14, 2016, Seoul, Korea – The Asia Democracy Network (ADN) joins the people of South Korea calling for the resignation of President Park Geun-hye to take responsibility for her abuse of constitutional power, compromising democratic values and principles.   Over one million people from all walks of life stormed Seoul’s streets

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Letter to PM Najib Razak: Proposed amendments to the Legal Profession Act 1976

November 14, 2016 Prime Minister Najib Razak Office of the Prime Minister Government of Malaysia Putrajaya, Malaysia Re: Proposed amendments to the Legal Profession Act 1976 Dear Prime Minister Najib, We, the undersigned international human rights and legal organizations, are writing to express our serious concerns about the proposed amendments to the Legal Profession Act 1976, which your government has indicated will be introduced in the Parliament.

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[ADN Statement] Hong Kong: Barring elected representatives to take their seat is against democracy

Hong Kong: Barring elected representatives to take their seat is against democracy   November 10, 2016, Seoul– Barring the two popularly-elected representatives in Hong Kong to take their seats in the Legislative Council will not eliminate the voice for self-determination of the people, and on the contrary, it will only fuel more international public resentment against the People’s Republic of China (PRC), warned the Asia Democracy Network.

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[ADN Statement] Malaysian government should stop violence of red shirts and ensure safety of Maria Chin, Ambiga Sreenevasan, and Mandeep Singh

Malaysian government should stop violence of red shirts and ensure safety of Maria Chin, Ambiga Sreenevasan, and Mandeep Singh  For Immediate Release November 5, 2016 The Asia Democracy Network (ADN), urges the Malaysian government to take immediate and effective measures to stop the violent aggression and incitement of violence perpetrated by the red shirts and snsures the safety of Maria Chin, Ambiga Sreenenvasan, and Mandeep Singh. Maria Chin,

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[Speech] Peace, Democracy, Human Rights and Rights based Sustainable Development

Peace, Democracy, Human Rights and Rights based Sustainable Development Park, Kyung-seo Ph.D   Standing here before you in Cambodia, I recall old memories during my former post as the Head of Asia Division of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva from 1982-1999, where I have coordinated several million dollars yearly on humanitarian assistance such as agricultural development, preventive health care and demining projects for those suffering

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[ADN Statement] Statement of the International Conference on the 25th Anniversary of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords on Cambodia

Statement of the International Conference on the 25th Anniversary of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords on Cambodia 19 October 2016, Phnom Penh   We, the participants in the International Conference on the 25th Anniversary of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords on Cambodia (“the Paris Peace Agreements”), recall the importance of the obligations contained in the 1991 Paris Peace Agreements, which brought an end to decades of conflict and civil war in Cambodia,

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[ADN Statement] Civil society urges international effort to ensure Cambodia’s fulfillment of the Paris Peace Accords, 25 years after their signature

Civil society urges international effort to ensure Cambodia’s fulfillment of the Paris Peace Accords, 25 years after their signature  PHNOM PENH, 20 October 2016 — We, the undersigned civil society organizations, are deeply concerned by the escalating political crisis in Cambodia. We call for a halt to all government repression of critical voices, and a concerted international effort to ensure the fulfillment of the commitments enshrined in

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