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".