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CCHR open forum denied by Kratie Authority

An attempt by The Cambodian Centre for Human Rights to hold an open forum in the

village of Oh Mouy, Kratie, has been thwarted by Chen Kongtry, Deputy Cabinet of

the province. Mr. Kongtry asserted that a letter from the CCHR to the Authority which

stated the projected date and location of the forum was irrelevant, claiming that

permission from the Authority was required for the NGO to organize such an event.

However, according to Article 2 of the 1991 Assembly Law, the CCHR were well within

their rights; all that was required of them was to notify the Authority of the event

three days prior to it. A CCHR press release states that the Authority's decision

"represents a continuing violation on freedom of assembly in Cambodia and of

the Article 2 of the 1991 Assembly Law".

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