Social development

Civil society

Youths lobby for tax on extraction

The NGO Youth Resource Development Programme (YRDP) has launched a campaign to promote and lobby for the establishment of an “extractive industries fund”, with more than 100 youths from various universities participating. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/youths-lobby-tax-extraction

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
https://vodenglish.news/association-disputes-crime-haven-tag-as-trafficking-reports-mount/

CSOs appeal for more space to air grievances, solutions to disputes

A group of 30 civil society organisations including labour unions, NGOs, community networks, indigenous peoples, youth groups and professional associations have requested that the government be more responsive to the concerns of its citizenry and allow people the freedom, opportunity and space to express their ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/csos-appeal-more-space-air-grievances-solutions-disputes

Alliance of 45 CSOs lobbying for ratification of conventions to help women

A group of 45 civil society organisations (CSOs) demanded that the government ratify four international labour conventions as proof of its commitment to ending violence against women and girls. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/alliance-45-csos-lobbying-ratification-conventions-help-women

Oxfam calls for maternity benefit plan

Oxfam has renewed its call for a national policy in Cambodia to ensure that all women workers are given equal access to maternity care.   ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/oxfam-calls-maternity-benefit-plan

Japanese NGO projects awarded grants

Japan has agreed to provide $754,321 to two organizations under the framework of the Grant Assistance for Japanese non-governmental (NGO) projects. ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50814017/japanese-ngo-projects-awarded-grants/

HAGL denies Ratanakkiri land clearing

Five civil society organisations urged the government to take action against Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL), a Vietnamese agribusiness firm, for alleged land clearing activities on areas allocated to indigenous communities in Ratanakkiri province’s Andong Meas district. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hagl-denies-ratanakkiri-land-clearing

Stark contrast of opinions on Cambodia’s Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day in Cambodia was marked in contrasting fashions yesterday, as the government said the rights situation in the Kingdom is improving and “far better” compared to some other countries in the region, while some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) expressed concern over repression of human ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50791952/stark-contrast-of-opinions-on-cambodias-human-rights-day/

Civil society forced to take Human Rights Day celebrations online

Civil society groups and human rights non-governmental organizations knew in 2019 that it would be the last time International Human Rights Days would be a holiday, after the government did away with five national holidays to increase annual work days. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/civil-society-forced-to-take-human-rights-day-celebrations-online/

Japan, UN support civil discourse

The Japanese government and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), in conjunction with Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior and the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC) – a coalition representing local NGOs – have inaugurated a new cooperative development project. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/japan-un-support-civil-discourse

NGO Forum: Government has stopped sharing environmental impact reports

The Environmental Ministry has this year stopped sharing environmental and social impact assessments for new development projects with NGO Forum, the civil society network said. ...

Tran Techseng
https://vodenglish.news/ngo-forum-government-has-stopped-sharing-environmental-impact-reports/

NGOs: Stop oppressing journalists and limiting free speech

A joint statement released on November 2 by a group of 57 NGOs called for the government to stop silencing journalists and media outlets and release journalists who they believe were unfairly arrested.​ ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngos-stop-oppressing-journalists-and-limiting-free-speech

Kingdom cuts inequality, says Oxfam

Cambodia performs better at global commitment to reduce inequality, despite COVID-19, according to a report on Oxfam in Cambodia Policy. ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50774670/kingdom-cuts-inequality-says-oxfam/

Call for better health education

National and international civil society groups are pushing for better health education, particularly in regards to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other communicable diseases. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/call-better-health-education

CSOs urge ministry to release the full EIA

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have requested that the Ministry of Environment to publicly release the full details of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to ensure accountability and transparency of environmental governance in Cambodia. ...

Sok Srey Lux
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50769046/csos-urge-ministry-to-release-the-full-eia/

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
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-no-unlawful-protests

CSOs call on government to scrap public order draft law

Thirty-six civil society organisations have signed a joint statement calling for the government to scrap the public order draft law (PODL). ...

Sok Srey Lux
http://khmertimeskh.com/50758754/csos-call-on-government-to-scrap-public-order-draft-law/

Public has little say in gov’t spending, says NGO

Cambodia’s legal and policy framework provides little opportunity for citizens and civil society organisations to have a say in public financial management at the national level, said a study by NGO Forum which was released on Tuesday. ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/public-has-little-say-govt-spending-says-ngo

Labour rights groups start campaign over seniority pay

Representatives of unions, federations, associations and civil society organisations working on the promotion of labour rights in Cambodia have joined together in a campaign to demand seniority pay. ...

Va Sonyka
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50755304/labour-rights-groups-start-campaign-over-seniority-pay/

Ministry and NGOs set to discuss proposed amendments to Lango

The Ministry of Interior will hold a sixth meeting with civil society organisation representatives on July 6 to review and discuss amendments to the Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organisations (Lango). The organisations are hopeful the points they have raised will be included in the ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-and-ngos-set-di

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