Civil society groups call for draft Public Order Law to be scrapped

Civil society groups on August 13 called on the government to immediately discard the draft Law on Public Order, saying that it will lead to a crackdown on fundamental freedoms in the country as it grants overbroad powers to the government, allowing it to undermine human rights.

A statement signed by 65 local and international civil society organizations including Adhoc, Amnesty International, Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), Licadho, called on the government to scrap the draft and uphold its obligations to international human rights law.

“The draft law contains an extensive array of provisions that effectively criminalize the legitimate everyday activities of many within the Kingdom of Cambodia, in violation of their rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly and other protected human rights,” the statement says. 

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