Proposed Cambodian NGO law sparks fears among country’s non-profit sector

The Cambodian government has announced its intention to adopt as a priority a law to regulate NGOs, which groups in the sector fear will be used to curb its legitimate activities. A statement by a Cambodian member of FORUM-ASIA (Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development) runs, in part: ‘We fear that such a law would be used primarily to control and limit the independence of civil society organizations – including not only NGOs but also Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), and groups such as student and media associations.’

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