Monthly Archives: May 2014

Guiding Principles to Protecting Civic Space and the Right to Access Resources
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      Our friend UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai along with Community of Democracies has just released "general principles" on the civil society's right to access resources. Please see Maina's message below and spread widely. The document can be downloaded via the link below. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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2014 Working Calendar

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[Thailand] Statement ADN Condemns Coup D’etat by Thai Military

  ADN/S6/2014/MAY 23 May 2014   ADN Condemns Coup D’état by Thai Military                  The Asia Democracy Network (ADN) condemns the declaration of a coup d'etat in the name of restoring peace and stability in Thailand. The military has detained key political leaders and have taken control of the press. The complete army takeover of civil administration compromises checks and balances eliminating safeguards to rights violations. This

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The OGP and the role of Indonesia

The OGP and the role of Indonesia Mickael Bobby Hoelman, Jakarta | Opinion | Tue, May 20 2014, 11:26 AM The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Asia Pacific Regional Conference was held recently in Bali. It was the first conference in Asia Pacific since the OGP initiative was launched in 2011, and was intended as a platform of cooperation for countries and civil society groups for the mutual exchange of experience, knowledge and benefits as well as

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FoAA Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai Releases 3rd Thematic Report
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Below you will find the publicly released Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai's 3rd thematic report to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The report was written after a consultation meeting that was organized by the World Movement for Democracy (WMD) and ADN on February 2-3, 2014 in Singapore. The consultation was held with a focus on the status of at most risk vulnerable groups in the Asia region. A diverse panel of activists and rights defenders

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Justice for Ka Melon and his family! Stop the attack on peasants and peasant leaders!

Dear friends, Please join this signature campaign, you can send your organizational support/signature to my colleague Meanne Manahan via Please forward to your contacts. Many thanks! Dottie ===== Justice for Ka Melon and his family! Stop the attack on peasants and peasant leaders! We grieve with the family of Menelao (Ka Melon) Barcia, as we join the entire rural social movement in mourning the tragic and senseless killing

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Press Release: CHRE strongly condemns the assassination of veteran human rights activists Rashid Rehman

Centre for Human Rights Education has strongly condemned the assassination of veteran human rights activist, and Coordinator of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in South Punjab Region of Pakistan Mr. Rashid Rehman Advocate in Multan today (May 7, 2014). Mr. Rashid Rehman was getting life threats from the religious fundamentalists for appearing as a council for the accused under Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws.  CHRE’s Director Mr. Samson Salamat

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Civil Society Joint Communiqué to the Asia Pacific OGP Regional Meeting Results
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Civil Society Joint Communiqué to the Asia Pacific OGP Regional Meeting Taking the momentum of the upcoming Open Government Partnership (OGP) Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Nusa Dua Bali on May 6-7, 2014, we, 183 representatives of civil society organizations coming from 31 Asia Pacific countries and  beyond came together on the Civil Society Day in Nusa Dua on May 4, 2014 to discuss key issues relating to the OGP.   We acknowledge

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Glocal Advocacy Leadership in Asia Academy Call for Applications!
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Dear ADN friends, I am pleased to share the announcement of the holding of GALAA to be jointly organized by FORUM-ASIA, ADA and ADN. I encourage you to apply and widely circulate within your organization and networks. Please find more detailed information below and in the attachments. -            Candidates are required to submit the duly filled Online Application Form at with a Recommendation Letter

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Adilur Rahman Khan Awarded the 2014 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights

The Asia Democracy Network (ADN) would like to congratulate Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan on being awarded the 2014 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. Khan, a renown human rights defender known for his courage by the global human rights community, have been for many years been persecuted by the incumbent regime in Bangladesh. A former Deputy Attorney General of Bangladesh, Adilur has been active in the promotion of human rights, democracy, and the rule of

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