Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats

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The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) is a regional organization of liberal and democratic political parties in Asia. The Council was created on October 15, 1993, in a meeting in Taipei.[1] There are nine member parties, an associate member, and one party with observer status. Currently, many democrats in Asia have a relationship with CALD. CALD has also opened its membership to like-minded individuals, and regularly engages with non-member political parties from Japan and South Korea with which it shares the same democratic values. The Democratic Party of Japan is one of the examples. On the other hand, for the convenience of particular members, they also accept individual members like the situation in Hong Kong. The Democratic Party of Hong Kong is represented in CALD by Martin Lee and Sin Chung Kai. The third individual member of the CALD was Indonesia's ex-President Abdurrahman Wahid (1940–2009). Aung San Suu Kyi is honorary member of CALD.

Full members[edit]

Country Name Government Political wing
 Cambodia Cambodia National Rescue Party in opposition Centre
 Indonesia Indonesian Democratic Party – Struggle senior party in government coalition
 Indonesia National Awakening Party[2] junior party in government coalition Islamic and Conservative party in Indonesia
 Malaysia Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia junior party in government coalition
 Mongolia Civil Will-Green Party extraparliamentary opposition Centre
 Philippines Liberal Party in opposition Centre-left to Left-wing
 Singapore Singapore Democratic Party extraparliamentary opposition Centre-left
 Sri Lanka Liberal Party of Sri Lanka extraparliamentary opposition
 Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party in government Centre-left
 Thailand Democrat Party extraparliamentary opposition Centre-right

Associate members and observer parties[edit]

Country Name Government Notes
 Pakistan Liberal Forum Pakistan N/A associate
 Burma National League for Democracy in government observer

References[edit]

  1. ^ History, About CALD, section Turning and idea into reality, CALD official website
  2. ^ PKB Becomes Full CALD Member : CALD|Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats

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