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Cambodia: Govt. officials meet NGOs representatives to gather feedback on proposed amendments to Law on NGOs & Associations

"Gov’t to gather feedback on Lango", 30 October 2019

The Ministry of Interior will hold a meeting with civil society representatives … to gather feedback on the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organisations (Lango).

Secretary of state Bun Hun said the meeting was aimed at ensuring society organisations would have their concerns heard after a number of them said Lango posed a serious threat to civil society organisations (CSOs) and NGOs by undermining democracy and restricting freedom.

Hun told …: “We also need to know more about the civil society organisations that proposed the amendments because when we held the forum only a few organisations were representing all of civil society.

“They requested amendments to almost 10 articles in the law. So we would like to understand exactly why they want them and for what reason.

“We collected their input and we studied whether the proposal was appropriate and what articles should be amended,” Bun Hun said.

Local rights group Adhoc spokesman Soeng Sen Karuna said … that some NGOs and CSOs requested the Lango amendments since some of the provisions restricted their freedom of movement and endangered their contributions…

“We want to make adjustments to some articles including punishing any person or officer who violates or obstructs civil society activities. Some articles have restricted our freedom by checking our reporting on our activities and finances,” Karuna said…

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