Cambodian ruling party lawmakers approve civil society bill

Protesters carrying "No" sign with stickers that read: "Say No! Union, Association and NGO Laws" march towards the National Assembly in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, July 13, 2015. Lawmakers of the ruling Cambodian People's Party approved a controversial draft law Monday that critics say gives authorities sweeping powers to crack down on civil society groups that challenge the government. The Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations tightly regulates all non-governmental organizations in the country and grants the government sweeping powers to clamp down on civil society activities it deems to be a threat to national security. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's National Assembly approved a controversial draft law Monday th&#1072t critics &#1109&#1072&#1091 gives authorities sweeping powers t&#959 crack down &#959n civil society groups th&#1072t challenge th&#1077 government.

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