EPDE Condemns Killing of Mohammad Yousuf Rasheed

Interior of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, January 20, 2017. Source: hrw.org (Reuters)

EPDE joins the Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM) to condemn the murder of Mohammad Yousuf Rasheed, the Executive Director of the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA), a fellow GNDEM member organization from Afghanistan. EPDE condemns the persecution of election observers worldwide and stands in solidarity with colleagues around the world working for fair elections in dangerous situations and countries without functioning state security structures.

Rasheed was a well-known and respected figure among Afghan civil society and the global election integrity community. In his role as Executive Director of FEFA, a non-partisan civil society organization that works to advance Afghan democracy and electoral integrity, Rasheed was a critical voice and valued contributor to the country’s work on democracy and human rights.

EPDE joins FEFA, the broader Afghan civil society, GNDEM, and the international community in mourning the loss of a dedicated colleague and extends sympathies to Rasheed’s family and colleagues. We urge the Afghan authorities to do everything in their power to protect those who engage in defending elections and broader democratic processes.

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