Jul 28

2015

Cambodia Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organisations: a new setback for democracy and international justice as a last resort

On 26 July 2015, the Cambodian Parliament passed the severely detrimental Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organisations (“LANGO”) to the action of civil society and Human rights defenders in violation of the right to freedom of association.

Josie Cohen from Global Witness explains that the LANGO enables the ruling Cambodian People’s Party to expand its grip over all domestic and international associations and NGOs operating in Cambodia, whatever size they are, and to “pick and choose which groups can exist and criminalise those deemed to be trouble makers”.

This law was passed following the submission of the first Supplementary Communication to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court by Global Diligence last week, reporting over 60,000 additional Cambodian people adversely affected by land grabbing since January 2014. However, Cambodia continues on its path to political suppression with the soon to be adopted Trade Union Law and Cybercrime and Telecoms Laws, calling urgently upon a response from international justice.

See Global Witness Blog for the article.

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