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Anti-graft law in NGOs’ sights

Anti-graft law in NGOs’ sights

CIVIL society groups will continue to push the government to pass a long-delayed anticorruption law, advocates promised Wednesday as they met to discuss a coalition aimed at improving government transparency.

Made up of 40 civil society groups, the Coalition for Integrity and Social Accountability will lobby for a law targeting graft.

“All of us need to find a way to eliminate corruption and improve people’s living conditions,” said Yang Kim Eng, a member of the coalition and the director of the People’s Centre for Development and Peace.

“Meanwhile, we have much concern that the anticorruption law has so far not appeared. We are looking forward to seeing it.”

A law on corruption was first proposed in the 1990s, but until now there has been little movement on the issue.

However, a draft of the law has been approved by the Council of Ministers, and officials have suggested it could be passed this year after the National Assembly reconvenes in April.

Donors have also pushed for an anticorruption law in Cambodia, which was ranked 158th out of 180 countries last year in the group Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index.

“Cambodian people hope that the anticorruption law will be adopted soon,” said Flynn Fuller, mission director for USAID, the US government’s development arm.

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