“A contentious law aimed at regulating Cambodia’s non-governmental sector has been sent back to the Ministry of Interior,” VOA reports, “following international concern that the draft as it stood could damage the country’s development.”
Officials will “review and reconsider” the draft following complaints from local NGOs and international donors that the proposed law threatened to stifle civil society.
“The draft law has been pulled back,” said So Sam Oeun, executive director of the Cambodian Defenders Project. “We should meet and listen to the ideas of the NGOs, so that the draft law can be accepted and agreed on by both sides. This is a good thing for our society.”