Cambodia's Draft NGO Law Raises Concerns

Several aid and advocacy groups voiced their concern that a proposed Cambodian law to regulate nongovernment organizations will restrict aid activities in the country, Reuters reports. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced in November 2009 that a law to regulate nonprofit organizations working in the country is next on the government’s agenda following the passage of an anti-corruption bill, which is currently on its way to the National Assembly. Hun Sen said local and international NGOs that “serve humanity and help the government of Cambodia” should not be threatened by the draft law.

“But we believe that some NGOs whose activities seem to serve the opposition party will be afraid of it,” the prime minister was quoted by Reuters.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.