Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats

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Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats
FormationOctober 15, 1993; 25 years ago (1993-10-15)
Founded atTaipei, Taiwan
Typeregional organization
Legal statusActive

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, Taiwan.[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 Cambodian National Rescue Party extraparliamentary opposition Centre
 Indonesia Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle senior party in government coalition Centre-left
 Indonesia National Awakening Party[2] junior party in government coalition Islamic party, centre to centre-left[3]
 Malaysia Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia opposition
 Mongolia Civil Will-Green Party extraparliamentary opposition Centre
 Philippines Liberal Party in opposition Centre to centre-left
 Singapore Singapore Democratic Party extraparliamentary opposition Centre-left
 Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party in government Centre-left
 Thailand Democrat Party extraparliamentary opposition Centre-right

Observer party[edit]

Country Name Government Political wing
 Myanmar National League for Democracy in government Centre-left


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