Stop NGO law

We urge the Cambodian authorities to immediately withdraw the drafted NGO law. The law violates the rights to freedom of association and expression, Civil Rights Defenders and several other human rights organsiations say in a joint statement.

According to a draft law in Cambodia civil society organisations must register by the authorities before they can operate in the country. The bill violates the rights to freedom of association and expression enshrined in the Cambodian constitution.

If the law enters into force it will complicate the work of Cambodia’s civil society groups even more. The law could further limit independent monitoring of the government, in a country with little independent media and a weak opposition.

Many governments, including the United States, Great Britain, Sweden, Australia, and Switzerland have publicly expressed concerns about the draft law and it’s likely negative impacts on civil society.

Draft law threatening civil society in Cambodia

Categories: Statements.
Tags: Law on NGOs.
Regions: Cambodia.