Civil society

Civil society policy and regulation

Six arrested, released over NGO law protest

Authorities in Phnom Penh on Sunday arrested and released six people dressed in prison uniforms and chained together by their legs for protesting outside the National Assembly against a recently approved law that threatens to muzzle NGOs critical of the government ...

Mech Dara

CPP senators approve NGO law as hundreds protest

As hundreds of protesters rallied outside the Senate Friday morning, 44 ruling party senators voiced their support for the controversial NGO law before approving it unanimously and sending it on to the Constitutional Council. ...

Kuch Naren

Gov’t, civil society butt heads as LANGO goes to senate

The Senate is scheduled to vote Friday on the controversial Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO), despite a boycott by the opposition party and heated opposition from civil society.  ...

Jonathan Cox

Facebook battle over NGO law

The National Assembly may have approved the contentious Law on Associations and NGOs (LANGO), but some young people are still urging the government to scrap it. ...

Chea Takihiro

Gov claims NGOs are recruiting protesters

Phnom Penh Municipal Governor Pa Socheatvong yesterday accused civil society organisations of paying land rights demonstrators to protest against a controversial NGO law that recently passed the National Assembly. ...

Taing Vida

Five arrested over anti-NGO law leaflets

Authorities in Phnom Penh arrested and released five activists on Saturday for handing out leaflets urging residents to “Say No” to a pending NGO law that critics fear will be used to muzzle critics of the ruling CPP. ...

Ben Sokhean

Gov’t: foreigners banned from protesting

Foreigners who join protests against the government will now be subject to arrest and deportation, Phnom Penh’s governor and the government’s spokesman said yesterday, in the latest effort by the CPP to curb outside influence in the country’s political affairs. ...

Khy Sovuthy and Colin Meyn

NGO law set to pass senate this week

The contentious law on associations and NGOs will likely pass the Senate this week, after it is reviewed tomorrow and Wednesday opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) senator Kong Korm said yesterday. ...

Muny Sithyna and Vincent MacIsaac

UN expert urges senate to reject NGO law

U.N. human rights expert Maina Kiai on Thursday urged Cambodia’s Senate not to pass a controversial NGO law that the National Assembly approved this week, warning that the legislation could have “disastrous” effects. ...

Kuch Naren and Zsombor Peter

CPP passes NGO law amid opposition boycott

The CPP’s 68 lawmakers pushed a controversial NGO law through the National Assembly on Monday morning without debate and without the opposition CNRP, whose 55 members boycotted the session in protest over legislation they say the government could use to stifle dissent. ...

Kuch Naren and Mech Dara

Government, groups brace for vote on NGO law

With CPP lawmakers expected to pass a highly controversial law regulating NGOs and associations Monday, City Hall said Sunday that it would use “many measures” to ensure that protesters are not able to rally outside the National Assembly. ...

Mech Dara

Assembly to approve​ NGO curb law today

Facing an opposition boycott and a European Union threat over foreign aid, the government plans to vote into law today a controversial draft law restricting NGOs. ...

Muny Sithyna and Ven Rathavong

Eu adopts resolution against NGO law

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Thursday calling on the Cambodian government to cancel a draft law that would strictly regulate NGOs and associations in the country, warning that its passage could cost Cambodia up to $700 million in development aid. ...

Kuch Naren and Colin Meyn

Opposition walks out of NGO law workshop

CPP lawmakers and officials continued to defend their controversial draft of a proposed law aiming to regulate the country’s non-government groups at a workshop at the National Assembly on Wednesday, despite a boycott from some NGOs and the opposition, which dismissed the event as “rubbish.” ...

Kuch Naren and Zsombor Peter

NGOs firm against draft law before meeting with lawmakers

NGOs remained united Tuesday in their staunch opposition to a draft law that would force all non-government groups in the country to register with the state, but were split on whether to take up the ruling CPP on its offer for an 11th-hour consultation ahead ...

Kuch Naren and Zsombor Peter

Asia’s orphanage industry worth millions

Private donations to orphanages in Cambodia means the government is struggling to cope with their reform, with lack of transparency and lack of safety checks. Most of Cambodia’s orphanages are financed by private donations from abroad, but no one knows exactly how much money flows ...

Asian Pacific Post News Staff

Lawmaker says NGO law must pass now

Despite government assurances that the controversial NGO draft law was still undergoing review, committees of the National Assembly said yesterday that the only revisions will be minor corrections to spelling and wording. ...

Pech Sotheary

Gov’t to stop march against NGO law by ‘any means’

NGOs on Monday vowed to press ahead with a protest march through Phnom Penh on Tuesday against a draft law that threatens to rein in the country’s non-government groups and associations despite City Hall’s threat to stop them by “any means.” ...

Kuch Naren

Hundreds protest against draft NGO law

NGOs brought about 300 people together in front of the National Assembly on Sunday to protest the pending passage of a law that would force all non-government groups and associations in the country to register and file regular reports with the state. Critics of the draft ...

Aun Pheap

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