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More than 30 NGOs condemn the new draft law regulating women’s clothing in Cambodia

August 28, 2020

More than 30 NGOs, including Human Rights Wtch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI) or the Cambodia Women’s Crisis Center, denounced this Friday the “cruel violation” of women’s rights, which includes a proposal to develop a law to regulate Cambodian women’s clothing.

The so-called Public Order Act is a package of measures that will transform the public and private lives of Cambodians, the government said, in order to “develop a civilized and modern state,” according to Voice of America ministerial sources.

The proposed measures include the suspension of street sales or the criminalization of meekness covered by vague reasons such as upholding the “dignity of the people” or the “national tradition”.

More than 30 NGOs condemn the new draft law regulating women’s clothing in CambodiaMore than 30 NGOs condemn the new draft law regulating women’s clothing in Cambodia

However, measures also include a ban on women wearing transparencies or dresses that are “too short”. This is one aspect of the law that resulted in HRW and 36 other NGOs signing a joint letter calling for the suspension. Sum of the bill.

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