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Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats
FormationOctober 15, 1993; 27 years ago (1993-10-15)
Founded atTaipei, Taiwan
Typeregional organization
Legal statusActive
Region
Asia
Websitecald.org

The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) is a regional organization of liberal and democratic political parties in Asia.

Background

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 an honorary member of CALD.

Full members

Country Name Government Political wing
 Cambodia Cambodia National Rescue Movement in exile Centre
 Indonesia Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle senior party in government coalition Centre-left
 Indonesia National Awakening Party[2] junior party in government coalition Centre[3]
 Malaysia Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia in government Centre
 Mongolia Civil Will-Green Party extraparliamentary opposition Centre
 Philippines Liberal Party in opposition Centre to centre-left
 Singapore Singapore Democratic Party extraparliamentary opposition Centre to centre-left
 Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party in government Centre-left
 Thailand Democrat Party junior party in government coalition Centre to centre-right

Observer parties

Country Name Government Political wing
 Myanmar National League for Democracy under military junta Centre to centre-right
 Japan Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan[4] in opposition Centre-left

References

  1. ^ "History : CALD | Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats". cald.org.
  2. ^ "PKB Becomes Full CALD Member : CALD | Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats". cald.org.
  3. ^ "Guide to the 2019 Indonesian elections: A little psephology". Australia-Indonesia Centre. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  4. ^ "List of members". cald.org. Retrieved 2020-07-30.