Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Forum’s aims diverse

Forum’s aims diverse

A man wears a T-shirt advocating for internet freedom
A man wears a T-shirt advocating for internet freedom during a public forum yesterday in Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park that was used to raise the concerns about the cybercrime legislation. Hong Menea

Forum’s aims diverse

About 1,000 people set against proposed laws on internet usage, labour unions and agriculture descended upon Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park for a forum yesterday.

Among speakers at the rally was So Sorthy of the Cambodian Center for Independent Media. The draft cybercrime law was written without imput of civil society, and diminishes the ability to share information and organise via social media in Cambodia, he said.

“If the law is adopted [in its current form], people will be criminally charged just for sharing, posting or expressing ideas online,” Sorthy said.

“So we ask the government to reconsider Article 28 [of the draft legislation].”

The cybercrime law’s status, however, remains uncertain.

At the rally, the Community Legal Education Center’s labour program head Moeun Tola told the crowd that the government has no need to pass a law on labour unions, because Cambodia already has a labour law.

Farmer representatives also said that planned legislation regarding agriculture could put crippling restrictions on the approximately 85 per cent of the Kingdom’s population who make their living farming.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen to the rescue

    Cambodia has won praise for allowing passengers of the MS Westerdam cruise ship to dock at Preah Sihanouk port, thanks to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s humanitarian act. In a message via Twitter on Wednesday, the director-general of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu

  • PM orders immediate action against ‘sexy’ live streamers

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday ordered immediate action against women who live stream their sales pitches on Facebook wearing revealing clothing. The prime minister said the practice erodes traditional Cambodian values and disgraces women. Hun Sen gave the order to officials attending the Cambodian

  • Trump tweets praise for Kingdom docking ship

    Cambodia continues to earn praise for its humanitarian act of allowing the MS Westerdam cruise ship with more than 2,200 passengers and crew on board to dock at the Preah Sihanouk port. The praise this time comes from none other than US President Donald Trump. “Thank

  • Tourist area greenlit in Sihanoukville

    The National Committee for Coastal Management and Development will coordinate with relevant ministries over the establishment of a billion-dollar tourist area named Neak Reach in Preah Sihanouk province after it was proposed by the Ministry of Tourism. The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and

  • PM issues human rights circular

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday issued a circular urging officials at all levels to work more closely with the Cambodia Human Rights Committee (CHRC) to protect human rights in Cambodia. In the circular, Hun Sen urged all institutions to collaborate closely with CHRC, including

  • Organic vegetable retailer unveils QR code scheme for origin source

    Organic vegetable retailer Natural Agriculture Village has introduced QR codes on its product packaging, which will allow consumers to see where their produce comes from. Natural Agriculture Village president Bun Sieng, who is also a member of local distributor Green Gold, told The Post on