Cambodia urged to review draft NGO law

Surya Subedi

Cambodian authorities have been urged by a United Nations independent expert on human rights to review a draft law that may affect the work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the country.

Surya Subedi briefed the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on the situation of human rights in Cambodia.

He said NGOs play an important role in the areas ranging from education to the environment.

Mr. Subedi said although cooperation is growing between the government and non-governmental organizations in working on a law that would facilitate their work, there are still challenges.

"For instance, those concerning onerous requirements for registration and a lack of clear criteria on which registration applications will be considered. I have consulted with the special rapporteurs on the situation of human rights defenders and the freedom of peaceful assembly and of association who join me in urging the government not to proceed with the current draft NGO law that may hamper the legitimate work of the NGOs and to take fully on board the concerns raised during the consultation process before enacting the law."

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