Photograph: Pha Lina / Phnom Penh Post Ministry of Interior rejects 100 NGO organizations' demands for the government to repeal the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations The ministry said the law was in compliance with the constitution and before it was drafted it was widely consulted in public .
The Ministry of Interior's rejection comes two days after a network of 100 organizations jointly issued a statement Let the Royal Government abolish the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations on February 11, with the organizations claiming to maintain the law To be the same or amendment Without proper modification, the implementation of the law will not only hurt non-governmental organizations It also affects associations and local community groups.
The statement of the Ministry of Interior, published on February 12, states that in accordance with the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia 1993, Article 42A “The Khmer people have the right to form associations and political parties. This right is defined in the law, ”he said.
Based on the above, the Royal Government of Cambodia drafted the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations This government. "The bill has been subject to extensive public consultation several times over the last 20 years for it to be drafted This was approved and promulgated in August 2015. During the implementation of the stakeholder input, the Ministry of Interior approved the proposed amendments to a number of articles. The Ministry of Interior is hopeful of further discussions on finding a compromise on the remaining articles soon, ”he said.
The Ministry of Interior, which is the Royal Government's Marshal for this matter, remains committed to further cooperation with the Association. And NGOs and will continue to hold consultative meetings with associations and non-governmental organizations until the result is achieved Positive.
Deputy Director of Licadho's Human Rights Watch Am Sam Ath defended the request by civil society organizations, saying his statement Civil society is a reflection of the reality that civil society is facing and it is disappointing that the Royal Government has rejected the NGO's request Civilization.
"This is something we have seen and heard about," he said. Reports or statements often get rejected or rejected by the government. We do not know the reason, but the reason why the Royal Government has mentioned most of the past is that some reports or statements are against There are political traits. But past reports reflect the realities that civil society has found. ”
Interior Minister Bunhorn, who is in charge of drafting the amendments to the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations, declined to comment.
The Joint Statement of Civil Society Organizations has urged the Royal Government of Cambodia to repeal the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations on the grounds that It is not necessary and is simply a tool to restrict freedom of assembly, organization and expression. The group said that a meeting between civil society representatives and representatives of the Ministry of Interior had ended with no result Positive to amend the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations for the Betterment of the Law – The Government Lack of Will Amendments to the Act This is just one.
"We believe that civil society groups, local communities and local associations should be taken forward," the statement said Find the development of Cambodia without restrictions and abuses as well as interference from the law on associations and NGOs. ” ៕