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CNRP will vote against draft NGO law, Sam Rainsy says
CNRP will vote against draft NGO law, Sam Rainsy says
Khmer Times, 2015-06-22
Representatives from 10 NGOs – including the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia, Cambodian Center for Human Rights and Transparency International – attended the meeting. They called on Mr. Rainsy to ensure that legislation on associations and NGOs was postponed until after the next national election in 2018.
NGOs Meet With Opposition Lawmaker Over Controversial Law
NGOs Meet With Opposition Lawmaker Over Controversial Law
VOA, 2015-06-17
Groups like the NGO Forum, Transparency Cambodia and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights say the law should have more public consultation before it is debated at the Assembly.
NGOs Look to CNRP for Help
NGOs Look to CNRP for Help
Khmer Times, 2015-06-17
CCHR’s executive director Chak Sopheap said that she discussed the CNRP’s stance with Mr. Sokha and raised their concerns. She criticized the draft law and said that the law will contribute to the limiting of rights and freedoms that NGOs currently have.
Cambodian Parliament to Review Draft Law on NGOs
Cambodian Parliament to Review Draft Law on NGOs
RFA, 2015-06-17
The draft law would confer “broad and intrusive powers to the government that could severely undermine the capacity of civil society organizations to operate in Cambodia,” the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) said in a statement issued Wednesday.
Controversial NGO Law Goes to National Assembly for Debate
Controversial NGO Law Goes to National Assembly for Debate
VOA, 2015-06-16
Chak Sopheap, executive director of the organization, said the draft contains “serious restrictions” on civil society organizations that will affect their ability to work freely in the country. “And it will violate NGOs’ rights to participate in politics,” she said.
Curtailing civil society in the Kingdom
Curtailing civil society in the Kingdom
PPP, 2015-06-15
Several laws currently under consideration are threatening to bring about the end of free civil society in Cambodia. Several others have recently been passed, radically reforming our judiciary and rules governing electoral campaigning in a manner that centralises power in the executive branch and erodes the checks and balances that a healthy democracy requires.
Cambodia: The meaning of consultation in… #STOPandConsult!
Cambodia: The meaning of consultation in… #STOPandConsult!
Oxfam America, 2015-06-11
Oxfam’s partner Sopheap Chak, Executive Director of Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), sums it up well: “Freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly, and the right to participate in public affairs, are human rights ensured in the Cambodian Constitution and in international treaties that Cambodia has signed… any new legislation should strengthen the environment civil society needs to do its work without interference… We hope that the National Assembly will soon engage in consultations with all relevant stakeholders in a truly democratic process.”
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