Civil society

Associations and other membership groups

Ministry of Social Affairs signs agreement with 30 associations and NGOs on 3-Year development project

At least 30 associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have signed an agreement with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation to launch a three-year social assistance project in Cambodia worth more than $18.5 million. ...

Khmer Times Staff

King, Queen Mother grant audience to Oknha Association delegation

King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk granted an audience for a group of nearly 200 tycoons led by Ly Yong Phat, president of the Cambodian Oknha Association on Saturday. ...

Torn Vibol

Ministry refutes impunity claims by journo coalition

The Ministry of Information has disputed a joint statement on impunity for crimes against journalists issued by the Coalition of Cambodian Journalists (CamboJA), Cambodian Centre for Independent Media (CCIM) and 32 other civil society organisations (CSOs). ...

Samban Chandara

Association disputes ‘crime haven’ tag as trafficking reports mount

The Federation of Khmer Chinese in Cambodia on Wednesday disputed international media characterizations of the country as a haven for criminal syndicates as attention grows on human trafficking at scam compounds. ...

VOD Staff

Ministry: No unlawful protests

The Ministry of Interior is warning citizens not to take part in social justice protests.​ It issued a press release on Monday saying members of the groups Khmer Thavrak and Mother Nature Movement had been carrying out activities not registered at the ministry, which is required ...

Mom Kunthear

Rainsy officially launches Cambodia National Rescue Movement, lays out five-point plan

Yesterday, Rainsy said the new Cambodia National Rescue Movement had a five-part plan, starting with appealing to the international community to take action. The next step is to work with “economic” partners to put financial pressure on the government.Next, Rainsy said the movement will encourage ...

Niem Chheng and Andrew Nachemson

NGOs told to file annual reports or face closure

The Ministry of Interior warned NGOs and associations yesterday to submit their annual financial reports or face legal action, including being shut down. ...

Khuon Narim

Smart backs Tech Startup projects

Leading mobile phone operator Smart Axiata has formed a partnership with The Asia Foundation, an international development NGO, to foster innovation and creativity among Cambodian tech startups.   ...

Sum Manet

Women’s Day plea for Vanny

Communities affected by land disputes have used the occasion of International Women’s Day today to urge the government to free activist Tep Vanny. They also called for the release of civil society organization officials and an NEC official who are being held in prison. ...

Pech Sotheary

Opposition chooses its new leaders

The opposition CNRP decided to amend its internal regulations yesterday, paving the way for the political party to have three deputy presidents who will be announced and voted on at today’s party congress. ...

Taing Vida

Protest violence as activist jailed

At least three women – one pregnant – and a man were hurt in a clash with security forces at Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday after land rights activist Tep Vanny was jailed for two and a half years over a 2013 protest. ...

Pech Sotheary

New tech hub for innovators

A new tech-centered co-working space is challenging the country’s young leaders to find practical ways technology can be utilized to create a positive impact on the day-to-day lives of people. ...

Safiya Charles

Post-Khmer Rouge PM dies

Pen Sovann, Cambodia’s first prime minister after the Vietnamese invasion in January 1979 that swept the Khmer Rouge from power and a serving opposition member of parliament, passed away at his home in Takeo province’s Duan Keo town on Saturday evening aged 80. ...

Taing Vida

After five years, case against Boeung Kak activists has trial date

Four Boeung Kak lake activists, including recently jailed community leader Tep Vanny, will face trial next month for a five-year-old case of insulting and obstructing public officials during a 2011 protest at City Hall. ...

Niem Chheng

Teachers’ association condemned

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport issued a statement yesterday condemning the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association (CITA) for calling on the Kingdom’s teachers to strike or protest in support of opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Kem Sokha. ...

Tin Sokhavuth

NGO under scrutiny has history of extortion

The environmental NGO at the center of an extortion scandal in Siem Reap province has a track record of using its employees as racketeers in order to enrich itself, according to officials who have previously dealt with the organization. ...

Aun Pheap

NGO cancels prison visit over government restrictions

Rights group Licadho says it is canceling its annual prison visits on international Human Rights Day, which this year falls on Thursday, for the first time in two decades in protest over what it says are new government restrictions. ...

Zsombor Peter and Mech Dara

Minister instructs incoming UNICEF director not to comment on NGO law

Human rights groups say the Foreign Affairs Minister was wrong to demand the incoming representative of Unicef not comment on controversial legislation to govern NGOs. In a statement Tuesday, the civil society groups said Minister Hor Namhong’s demands constitute a narrowing of democratic ideals. ...

Hul Reaksmey

Simple on purpose

Noun Phymean is an executive director at the People Improvement Organization (PIO). Born in Kampong Cham province, she spent over 12 years with the United Nations and other international organizations. Now, the hardworking humanitarian is focusing on helping some of the country’s most impoverished children. ...

Srey Kumneth and Nou Sotheavy

Koh Kong court protesters told to leave or be forced to move

Khemara Phoumint City deputy governor Pen Bunchhouy on Tuesday issued a letter to a group of protesters demanding that they vacate the area in front of the Koh Kong Provincial Court by Wednesday, threatening “action” if they refused. ...

Aun Pheap

Civil Society groups turning to crowdfunding

In a bid to raise more money from within the country, civil society organizations are planning to launch a platform in November that will use crowdfunding via mobile phone credit to fund projects ranging from IT development to the arts. ...

Anthony Jensen

Court denies bail to activists as more protesters head to Koh Kong

The Koh Kong Provincial Court on Monday denied bail to three jailed activists from environmental NGO Mother Nature who were charged last mo nth with threatening to destroy barges operated by a sand dredging company, their lawyer said. ...

Aun Pheap

Police attempt to arrest Koh Kong protesters during march

Military police attempted to arrest a group of protesters as they marched through Koh Kong province’s Khemara Phoumint City Thursday to demand the release of three jailed activists from environmental NGO Mother Nature, a rights worker and an official said. ...

Aun Pheap

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