New laws regulating third sector in progress in Ireland and Cambodia

A draft NGO law is expected to be passed by the Cambodian National Assembly in the coming months. The Law on Organizations was apparently written over a decade ago and requires NGOs to submit for government approval documents detailing their structure, goals, funding resources, properties and even logos. It also entails fines and imprisonment for any NGO which fails to submit annual reports to the Ministry of Economy and Finance. In Ireland, meanwhile, a revised Charities Bill is moving through the Irish parliament. Its purpose is to reform the law relating to charities in order to ensure accountability and to protect against abuse of charitable status and fraud. The bill also provides a definition of ‘charitable purpose’ for the first time in primary legislation.



IJCSL Newsletter, December 2008

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