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City Hall bans public pro-women rallies, NGOs to defy order

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NGOs rally during the International Women’s Rights Day last year. KT/ Chor Sokunthea

As pro-women NGOs prepare to rally during the upcoming International Women’s Rights Day, City Hall today reiterated its stance prohibiting any demonstrations to be carried out in public in order to maintain order.

City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey today said authorities have banned all rallies by non-governmental organisations and associations on Friday.

“Congratulations on the day, but we are not allowing marches in the streets because they affect public order,” Mr Meas Pheakdey said, noting that NGOs are free to celebrate the occasion in their respective offices and other private locations.

He said that many NGOs and have already filed requests to hold rallies, but permission was not granted.

“We are law enforcement officials, if there are people who violate the law then we will take legal action,” he said. “We have already told them, and they are still begging to hold rallies. We will wait and see together.”

On Sunday, 12 NGOs, including Centre for Alliance of Labour and Human Rights, Coalition of Cambodian Farmer Community, and Cambodian Food Service Workers’ Federation, said a joint petition was drafted in order to raise the plight of women in the Kingdom.

Full story in Thursday’s paper

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