28 July 2015
Paris, Geneva, Phnom Penh, July 28, 2015 – Cambodia’s Constitutional Council must reject the numerous provisions of the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO) that run counter to the country’s Charter, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders said today.
The Constitutional Council is expected to review the LANGO by the end of July. Cambodia’s Constitution empowers the Council to rule on the constitutionality of laws adopted by Parliament. According to Article 142 of the Charter, provisions of legislation passed by Parliament that the Constitutional Council finds unconstitutional “shall not be promulgated or implemented.”
“The Constitutional Council must uphold its role of guardian of the Constitution and reject the numerous provisions of the LANGO that contradict key constitutional principles,” said FIDH President Karim Lahidji.