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Phnom Penh – International delegates from seven global civil society networks have arrived in Cambodia to meet with local non-profit organizations, international development partners and the government to discuss growing restrictions on civil society activities in the country.

At the top of the agenda are three new judicial laws and five pieces of proposed legislation on topics including cyberspace activity, telecoms, land reform, NGOs and trade unions.

The international delegates – representing the Asian Democracy Network (ADN), Beyond 2015, CIVICUS, FORUM-ASIA, Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) and the International Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP/FIP) – began their mission by meeting with more than 100 local and international NGOs representatives at the bi-monthly meeting of the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC).

H.E Poch Sovandy, Deputy Director of Planning, Ministry of Planning, also spoke with delegates to present the key contents of a new National Strategic Development Plan.

Over the course of the next few days, the international solidarity mission will meet with Cambodia’s development partners, government agencies and politicians to promote the role of civil society.

(UN agencies, European Union, the World Bank, USAIDs, the Senate, the National Assembly, and Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior and other related institutions.)

The international team is also concerned about the increased occurrence of attacks against dissenters, including journalists, demonstrators and civil society and land rights activists as well as forced evictions, limitations on union activities and the lack of access to information.

(UN agencies, European Union, the World Bank, USAIDs, the Senate, the National Assembly, and Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior and other related institutions.)

On the last day of their mission (October 10, 2014), the delegates conducted a press conference to give recommendation to Cambodia government at Imperial Garden Hotel. Please CLICK HERE for their joint statement for the government.

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Group photo of delegates with representatives of Ministry of Justice.