AFTER months of legal confusion, a Ministry of Interior official
told the Post Wednesday how foreigners can comply with Sub-Decree No
183, which governs marriages between foreigners and Cambodian citizens.
The subdecree was issued in November following the lifting of a
seven-month ban on such marriages.
Ten Borany, deputy director
of the Anti-Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department at the
Ministry of Interior, told the Post that foreigners wishing to marry
Cambodians need to go through the following process: First, they need
to apply through their own embassies, which will pass forms on to the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs. That ministry will then pass the forms to
the Ministry of Interior. If both ministries approve the forms, they
will then be sent to the appropriate commune officials. The forms will
then be taken to the Phnom Penh Municipality for final approval.
New role for APP
Tai Jun, adviser to the Association of People Protection, said the
association is designed primarily to help Cambodian women looking to
marry Korean men. The association maintains an office in South Korea
and an office in Phnom Penh.
He said the association plans to do its best to protect Cambodian women from abusive and exploitive relationships.
association does not allow crazy people, drunks, people who are already
married or drug users to marry Khmer women," he said. "We try to help
Khmer women when they get married."