Ashton’s reply regarding NGO law

In August Civil RIghts Defenders and a coalition of international human rights groups sent a letter to some thirty foreign ministries around the world, to increase the pressure on the Cambodian government to abandon plans for a repressive law on associations and non-governmental organisations. We warned that the law’s real purpose is to give the government a tool to silence inconvenient voices. Since then, the law has been withdrawn and is being redrafted.

In a response to our letter, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, states that the EU has demanded from the Cambodian Government to ensure that a law on NGOs encourages, rather than restricts, the growth of civil society.

Catherine Ashton also states that the EU is closely following recent developments in Cambodia in the areas of freedom of association, expression and assembly and the draft law on non-governmental organisations. She adds that the EU will remain actively engaged in this topic and appreciates further information.

Letter from Catherine Ashton

Categories: Achievements.
Tags: Catherine Ashton and Law on NGOs.
Regions: Cambodia.