Cambodian opposition party senators to boycott vote on draft law on NGOs

Opposition lawmakers in Cambodia’s Senate said Thursday that they would boycott an upcoming vote in the upper house of parliament on a draft law that regulates nongovernmental organizations working in the country if senators failed to amend the legislation. ...

Yeang Socheameta

Cambodia: UN expert urges authorities to reject bill that 'threatens' free society

United Nations human rights expert Maina Kiai on Wednesday urged Cambodia to reject a draft law that would allow authorities to shut down and criminalize any group advocating for human rights, basic freedoms and good governance, saying it is not too late to reverse the ...

India Blooms News Staff

Cambodian parliament passes NGO draft law despite protests

The National Assembly of Cambodia on Monday adopted a draft law on Associations and Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) despite a boycott from the opposition lawmakers and protests.​ ...

The Cambodia Herald​ News Staff

Cambodian civil society groups to stage mass protest against NGO draft law

A coalition of Cambodian nongovernmental organizations will stage a peaceful protest on Monday outside parliament in the capital Phnom Penh to oppose proposed legislation that they say will restrict their activities, an official with a prominent domestic rights groups said. ...

RFA Khmer News Staff

LANGO changes ‘too little’

The government yesterday confirmed four changes to the controversial NGO law in response to widespread criticism; opponents, however, say the edits are insignificant and the legislation remains a “severe violation” of Cambodia’s constitution. ...

Taing Vida and Shaun Turton

ASEAN parliamentarians call on Cambodia to abandon restrictive, undemocratic NGO law

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) today called on the Cambodian government to abandon its proposed Law on Associations and Non-governmental Organizations (LANGO), arguing that the ruling party has pursued a fundamentally undemocratic course in attempting to secure the passage of a law that threatens ...

Asian Tribune News Staff

Legal expert says draft law could inhibit future NGOs

Hundreds of opponents to a controversial law to regulate NGOs met in a hotel in Phnom Penh Tuesday, as a campaign against the passage of the legislation continues. Zach Lampell, a legal advisor at the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law, told those gathered that he had ...

Hul Reaksmey

Cambodia’s opposition party to boycott conference on NGO draft law

Cambodia’s opposition party will boycott a national conference held by parliament to discuss a controversial draft law that would regulate nongovernmental organizations operating in the developing country, because of loopholes in the proposed legislation that would hinder the groups, an opposition lawmaker said Tuesday. ...

Mengchou Cheng and Samean Yun

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

Group urges regional bank to press government on NGO law

A group of international NGOs urged the Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday to press the government on abandoning its plans for a law regulating the country’s non-governmental groups despite a recent pledge to drop its most controversial provision. “The ADB should convince the Cambodian authorities to ...

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