Mondulkiri Bunong families seek government intervention

Source : Phnom Penh Post

A bulldozer was used to clear Mondulkiri Bunong families’s farmland. Supplied

Fourteen indigenous families from Mondulkiri province’s Dak Dam commune have sought urgent intervention from local authorities and a human rights NGO after machinery was used to clear their farmland.

The representative of the 14 Bunong ethnic groups, Yat Tay, said on Monday that farmland covering nearly 10ha – used to grow mango, jackfruit, avocado, and pineapple – was illegally bulldozed on Saturday and Monday. Continue reading

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Police, NGOs review policy aimed for child protection

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

Cambodian children wade in polluted water at a village in Phnom Penh on October 18, 2017. TANG CHHIN SOTHY/afp

Contents of the Child Friendly Police Procedure Manual are being reviewed to ensure it helps to protect the rights of minors, said Child Rights Coalition Cambodia (CRC-Cambodia) executive director Son Penh.

He said the review is being carried out by the Police Academy of Cambodia, in cooperation with CRC-Cambodia and support from Plan International Cambodia. The three had originally cooperated to create the Child Friendly Police Procedure Manual in July last year. Continue reading

‘NGOs may operate without restriction’

Source : Phnom Penh Post

Interior Minister Sar Kheng issues a directive to allow registered civil society organisations to carry out activities without restriction or prior notice. Heng Chivoan

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Tuesday instructed municipal and provincial authorities to facilitate the activities of civil society organisations and local communities without restriction and prior notice as previously required. Continue reading

Interior Ministry expands freedoms for NGOs

Source : Khmer Times

The Coalition of Cambodian Farmers Community holds a meeting. CCFC

The Interior Minister yesterday told local authorities to allow registered NGOs to conduct their field work without the need of a three-day prior notice as stipulated in a previous policy.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said the move was meant to strengthen cooperation between NGOs and the government, noting that the policy only applies to NGOs who are registered with the ministry. Continue reading

Interior Ministry opens space for registered NGOs

Source : Khmer Times

Interior Minister Sar Kheng. KT/ Mai Vireak

The Interior Minister told local authorities to allow registered NGOs to conduct their fieldwork without the need of a three-day prior notice as stipulated in a previous policy.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said the move was meant to strengthen cooperation between NGOs and the government, noting that the policy only applies to NGOs who are registered with the ministry. Continue reading

NGOs call on government to ‘reopen space for civil society’

Source : Khmer Times 

Activists and NGO members march in 2015 to protest against the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organisations. Heng Chivoan

NGOs are requesting the government reopen the space for civil society in the Kingdom. They want all conditions removed and not to be smeared with accusations of being “involved in a colour revolution”.

In early November, the Ministry of Interior created a working group to meet with and address the concerns of NGOs and civil society. Continue reading

UN, Licadho stopped from Oddar Meanchey dispute probe

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Anlong Veng district authorities in Oddar Meanchey province on Wednesday allegedly prevented a civil society organisation and United Nations officials from investigating a land dispute involving 122 families living in Anlong commune.

The villagers have accused the authorities of grabbing their land illegally. Officials, however, claim that these people came and cleared land owned by the state, according to In Kongchit, a coordinator at NGO Licadho.

Kongchit confirmed that on Wednesday, he and two UN officials were blocked by Anlong Veng authorities from meeting the people and investigating the situation. He said it was illegal as they were prohibiting a civil society organisation from helping people.
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