New Draft Law on Associations and NGOs Reaffirms Culture of Control

Published on June 17, 2015

The draft Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO) obtained in June 2015 (Khmer version available here) will establish mandatory registration for all domestic and international associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), criminalizing all activities by unregistered membership organizations. The requirement to register appears all encompassing and could be interpreted to apply to all organizations from grassroots groups and community based organisations up to major international organizations. Mandatory registration could have a particularly severe impact on the freedom of association of grassroots groups and community based organizations.

This memo is a specific breakdown of the key provisions within the approved draft law that have worsened since the December 2011 draft, and the potential impacts on groups operating in Cambodia.

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