Ministry urged to allow CSOs to work without restriction

Some 500 representatives from civil society organisations (CSO) on Thursday urged the Ministry of Interior to uphold the principle of democracy and allow them to carry out activities without any restrictions from local authorities. ...

Long Kimmarita

Sar Kheng calls for NGO collaboration

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Wednesday instructed police officials and local authorities to collaborate with registered NGOs to ensure that their work is carried out without disturbance or restriction. Mr Kheng said in a statement that registered NGOs are authorised to carry out their activities ...

Taing Vida

Civil Society Groups in Cambodia Suppressed: Report

Local and international civil society groups operating in Cambodia face government-imposed restrictions on their operations and have been significantly hindered in their work in the lead up to Sunday’s general election, according to a recent report by a U.S.-based think tank. ...

Channy Chheng

Interior Ministry to meet with NGOs

The Interior Ministry is due to hold a forum today between government officials and NGOs to raise and iron out any problems leading up to the upcoming election in July. ...

Khy Sovuthy

New Lango committee formed

The government has created a new interministerial committee to manage the activities of international NGOs, with an Interior Ministry official yesterday saying the body was intended to monitor organisations’ compliance with the controversial NGO Law. ...

Mech Dara

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

Land rights organisation in Lango limbo

More than a month after the announcement of its ostensibly 30-day suspension, land rights organisation Equitable Cambodia remains stuck in limbo, with the Ministry of Interior saying the NGO must wait for the ministry’s approval to reopen. ...

Leonie Kijewski and Kong Meta

Few NGOs compliant with law

Thousands of organisations have failed to meet the deadline for filing their financial reports under the controversial Law on Associations and NGOs (Lango), according to a ministry official. ...

Kong Meta and Leonie Kijewski

Student group suspended for ‘violating law on NGOs’

A student group was suspended by the Ministry of Interior yesterday for a series of violations of the Law on Associations and Non-governmental Organisations (Lango), including the highly controversial Article 24, which requires organisations to remain “politically neutral”. ...

Soth Koemsoeun and Andrew Nachemson

Ministry ups scrutiny of NGOs

The Interior Ministry has instructed provincial officials to urgently report any instances in which activities are carried out by any NGOs or grassroots associations without prior notification, adding that authorities can stop any planned events if they affect “public order and national security”. ...

Mech Dara

Land rights NGO suspended

The Ministry of Interior yesterday ordered the temporary suspension of land rights NGO Equitable Cambodia for allegedly violating its own by-laws and the controversial law regulating NGOs passed in 2015. ...

Ben Sokhean and Kong Meta

US criticises ‘troubling’ steps against press, NGOs

The US State Department has expressed deep concern over Cambodia’s spiralling democratic climate following the government’s diktat to shutter the USAID-funded National Democratic Institute (NDI), ostensibly for violating the highly contentious NGO Law. ...

Ananth Baliga and Mech Dara

Ministry shutters NDI for Lango violations as US Embassy hits back

The Cambodian Foreign Ministry yesterday announced that it was halting the operations of the US State Department-funded National Democratic Institute (NDI) and expelling all its foreign staff from the Kingdom in the next week – a move that prompted the US Embassy to fire back ...

Ananth Baliga

NGOs to meet deadline

Prominent NGOs yesterday said they are trying to comply with the new law on organisations and will meet the Interior Ministry’s deadline to submit reports by the end of September. ...

Khuon Narim

Ministry says most NGOs ignore tax requirements

Only 200 of some 5,000 domestic NGOs have submitted required banking details to the Interior Ministry, its spokesman said on Monday, as the government steps up enforcement of tax requirements on organizations that may have racked up huge unpaid bills. ...

Hang Sokunthea and Ben Paviour

Hun Sen calls for closure of anti-trafficking group after CNN report

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called for the closure of a Christian anti-trafficking NGO during a heated tirade at a graduation ceremony, condemning them and CNN for broadcasting an “insulting” story about girls who were sold into sexual slavery by their own mothers. ...

Kong Meta, Erin Handley and Soth Koemsoeun

NGOs parse LANGO warning

NGOs huddled yesterday to make sense of a letter from the Interior Ministry asking them to comply with controversial provisions of the Law on Associations and NGOs (LANGO), with some considering requesting further clarification or an extension of a September deadline for compliance. ...

Ananth Baliga and Niem Chheng

NGOs warned to comply with law or face action

Interior Minister Sar Kheng took aim at civil society on Tuesday night, warning NGOs to comply with the law or face legal action, at the same time the ministry ordered the ad hoc election monitoring group the Situation Room to cease any future monitoring activities. ...

Ben Sokhean and Ben Paviour

Government letters rekindle concern over controversial law on NGOs

A series of letters issued by the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday night – one chastising two election monitors, and another offering a blanket warning to NGOs – have again raised the spectre of the Kingdom’s controversial and widely criticised Law on Associations and NGOs ...

Ananth Baliga and Niem Chheng

Weekly check-in rejected by NGOs in Oddar Meanchey

An annual reporting requirement under the contentious Law on Associations and NGOs, or LANGO, is being intentionally misinterpreted by local police, according to a group of NGOs in Oddar Meanchey province. ...

Phak Seangly

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