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UN Criticizes proposed Cambodian NGO law

October 5, 2011

A proposed law in Cambodia regulating NGOs has been sent back to the Ministry of the Interior after domestic and international scrutiny and criticism.  Organizations both in and outside of Cambodia claimed that the law had the potential to damage continued development.  NGOs sought to garner attention about the proposed legislation because, had it been adopted as drafted, it would have left NGO operations vulnerable to arbitrary government action.  

In a country still reeling from a prolonged civil war and a genocide, NGOs operate in many sectors to help promote peaceful development.  The political system is often criticized for its lack of transparency and the rule of law is still in developing stages.  The proposed law would have given power to authorities to regulate the actions of NGOs working to improve Cambodia.  There are approximately 3,000 NGOs and associations operating in Cambodia that would be affected by the law.

CCEdFund will continue to monitor developments of the proposed legislation.

Learn More:
Voice of America: http://www.voanews.com/khmer-english/news/human-rights/UN-Rights-Envoy-Cautions-Against-NGO-Law-130795483.html
Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/sep/28/special-rapporteur-cambodia-draft-ngo-law
Nonprofit Law Prof Blog: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/nonprofit/2011/09/cambodiango-law-sent-back-to-ministry-of-interior-for-reconsideration.html

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