Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats

Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats
Formation October 15, 1993 (1993-10-15)
Founded at Taipei, Taiwan
Type regional organization
Legal status Active

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

Country Name Government Political wing
 IndonesiaIndonesian Democratic Party – Strugglesenior party in government coalitionCentre-left
 IndonesiaNational Awakening Party[2]junior party in government coalitionIslamic and Conservative party in Indonesia
 MalaysiaParti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysiaopposition
 MongoliaCivil Will-Green Partyextraparliamentary oppositionCentre
 PhilippinesLiberal Partyin oppositionCentre to centre-left
 SingaporeSingapore Democratic Partyextraparliamentary oppositionCentre-left
 Sri LankaLiberal Party of Sri Lankaextraparliamentary opposition
 TaiwanDemocratic Progressive Partyin governmentCentre-left
 ThailandDemocrat Partyextraparliamentary oppositionCentre-right

Associate members and observer parties

Country Name Government Notes
 PakistanLiberal Forum PakistanN/Aassociate
 MyanmarNational League for Democracyin governmentobserver


  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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