Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - New Lango committee formed



New Lango committee formed

Demonstrators shout slogans at the National Assembly during a protest against the then-proposed NGO law in July of 2015.
Demonstrators shout slogans at the National Assembly during a protest against the then-proposed NGO law in July of 2015. Vireak Mai

New Lango committee formed

The government has created a new interministerial committee to manage the activities of international NGOs, with an Interior Ministry official yesterday saying the body was intended to monitor organisations’ compliance with the controversial NGO Law.

The directive, signed on December 5 and published in the latest Royal Book, sets up a 33-member committee to ensure implementation of the Law on Associations and NGOs (Lango) among foreign institutions, demarcating the duties of each ministry.

The Economy Ministry is tasked with monitoring the tax obligations of NGOs, with the National Bank asked to track their financial operations. The committee is headed by the Interior Ministry’s Pol Lim, along with Foreign Ministry officials Ouch Borith and Keo Rith.

“We have not had a meeting yet. We had created the subcommittee to sit down with the Foreign Ministry to see which NGOs have signed a [memorandum of understanding], and how many NGOs are there and from which country,” said Lim.

Last year, the US-funded National Democratic Institute was shuttered for not having an MoU with the government, though the NGO maintained the government had not processed its application. It had previously been accused of aiding the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party. Local NGOs often critical of the government were also slapped with Lango-related tax notices by authorities.

Asked if more NGOs would be investigated following NDI’s closure, Lim would only say that the committee would look into all foreign NGOs’ activities.

San Chey, head of accountability group ANSA, said the development was concerning because it left interpretation of Lango up to the new committee.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • AstraZeneca jabs touch down in Phnom Penh airport

    The first shipment of 324,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/SII vaccine which was provided through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility was delivered to Phnom Penh International Airport on March 2. The rest of the COVAX provided vaccines will arrive in Cambodia at a later date.