NGOs Look to CNRP for Help
Vice president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party Kem Sokha spoke to reporters after the meeting with NGOs at the National Assembly on Wednesday. (KT Photo: Ven Rathavong)
PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – NGOs have reported their concerns with the draft law on Association and Non-Government Organization (LANGO) to the vice president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Kem Sokha.
Ten representatives of NGOs in Cambodia, including the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and Transparency International, met with Mr. Sokha on Wednesday at the National Assembly (NA).
Mr. Sokha said that NGOs complained to him that this draft law could reduce the freedom and of rights of NGOs. He denied discussing the meaning of LANGO because he has not seen the draft law yet. “So I do not know how to discuss the meaning [of LANGO]," he said.
He said that LANGO is not vital to Cambodia, and there are many other laws that are needed instead of it.
He pointed out that LANGO should be postponed for approval by the NA.
If the government says that this law is important and reasonable, he said, this draft law should be openly discussed with participants and stakeholders.
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.
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