New law to stamp out dodgy NGOs....such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda

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New law to stamp out dodgy NGOs....such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda

Post by Soi Dog » Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:34 am

NGO transparency monitoring is definitely long overdue.
PM says NGO law to be passed soon
Mon, 6 April 2015
Vong Sokheng and Ethan Harfenist
A contentious draft law aimed at regulating Cambodia’s NGOs could be passed by the National Assembly as early as next month, Prime Minister HE said yesterday.

“[The draft law] is a matter of disagreement, but the government has had it drafted since 2012,” HE said during a speech at the Centre for Deaf and Mute Children in Phnom Penh. “It will pass through the Council of Ministers no later than May before it is sent to the National Assembly, and the draft law will be passed without any obstacles.”

The Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organisations, which has been in the works since at least 2006, has been a cause of concern for many activists who say the complex registration process and stringent annual reporting demands on finances and other activities are a thinly veiled attempt to curtail their freedom of movement.

Without naming names, HE asserted that the same NGOs calling for transparency in government must be candid about their operations and funding sources, saying they could otherwise hide that they are supporting or being bankrolled by international terrorist groups or organised crime syndicates.

“Previously, we dissolved one NGO suspected of financing terrorists, and another suspected of money laundering,” he said. “We are going to die if [they] are financed by al-Qaeda [or] ISIS, and we cannot control it.”

HE also lashed out at NGOs he said have attacked Cambodia’s human rights record and sent reports to the UN with the goal of obtaining funding from international donors.

“In 2005, during the ASEAN-UN Summit in New York, I informed [then-UN secretary-general] Kofi Annan that I didn’t expect a good human rights report on Cambodia, since a good report would mean no jobs for human rights activists in Cambodia. This is the reality,” he said.

Still, HE assured that the law was not meant to put NGOs out of business – just those that are not registered.

“If you are not registered, you will be handcuffed,” he said, adding later that “the aim of the law is not to bar the activities of NGOs; the aim of the law is to ensure transparency”.

While some activists agree that disclosing financials is necessary, others see the law as a bid to control a sector that has routinely picked up the slack in a country where many services normally performed by the government remain the domain of NGOs.

“It is legitimate and appropriate to require NGOs to disclose their sources of funding and how the funds are spent,” said Kol Preap, executive director of Transparency International Cambodia. “[But] there is concern that the purpose of this NGO law is to further restrict freedom and to control the activities of NGOs.”

In the view of Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC) adviser Billy Tai, “HE has a vested interest in trying to legitimise the law, especially after the recent chatter around it as well as the [UN] human rights committee’s concluding observations.”

Ny Chakrya, head of local human rights NGO Adhoc, voiced concern that the law would simply limit the work of NGOs in the Kingdom.

“The government has always considered NGOs the enemy,” he said. “The criticism [of the government] by NGOs shows that the government has much work to do [in terms of] respecting human rights in Cambodia.”

Charya further insisted that there are already many relevant laws on the books that control NGOs, so there is no use passing a specific law to monitor them. ... assed-soon" onclick=";return false;
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Re: New law to stamp out dodgy NGOs....such as ISIS and Al-Q

Post by MekongMouse » Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:40 am

Who were the terrorists?
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Re: New law to stamp out dodgy NGOs....such as ISIS and Al-Q

Post by Samouth » Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:43 am

I have never seen any terrorism attacks in the kingdom accept the crack down by government polices on the protesters.
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Re: New law to stamp out dodgy NGOs....such as ISIS and Al-Q

Post by Duncan » Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:17 pm

Him who not go school think terrorist and tourist, same same.
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Re: New law to stamp out dodgy NGOs....such as ISIS and Al-Q

Post by Username Taken » Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:27 pm

MekongMouse wrote:Who were the terrorists?
Riduan Isamuddin, alias Hambali.

Was way back in 2003. This article is from Aug 27 2003.
Riduan Isamuddin, alias Hambali, the alleged operations chief of the Jemaah Islamiah network and accused architect of the Bali bombings spent six months in Cambodia, eluding the international manhunt that ended with his arrest in Thailand two weeks ago.

Two Thais, an Egyptian and a Cambodian arrested in late May in Phnom Penh are now thought to have been working with Hambali to build a new JI cell in the country. A local Islamic school, shut down by authorities, is accused of being a front for substantial money transfers to fund JI operations. ... 93699.html

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Re: New law to stamp out dodgy NGOs....such as ISIS and Al-Q

Post by MekongMouse » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:58 am

What a timely response.
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