Cambodian PM tells NGOs to submit to foreign funding audits

Hun Sen says audits will ensure funding is not for terrorism, NGOs complain of excessive demands by tax department.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has warned all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to submit to financial audits or risk closure, adding a review of funding sources would ensure money was not being used “to carry out terrorism in Cambodia.”

The official Agence Kampuchea Presse said Cambodia’s 6,109 NGOs and associations would face legal action if they failed to submit their annual reports, which are subjected to the Interior Ministry for approval, to reinforce Cambodian stability.

“If any NGOs or associations fail to do so, they have to close under our law,” Hun Sen said. “We are afraid that some NGOs or associations are receiving funds from terrorist networks. It can make Cambodia in trouble as now the geopolitical situation requires us to be more careful.”

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