Diplomats, including the US ambassador, have called on the government to make the draft public and to have more discussion before it is finalized.
He told reporters on Sunday that Sam Rainsy is not to be trusted and that his political dialogue with the CPP should be watched carefully.
In the forum, young Cambodians asked about political rights, lawmaking, law enforcement and advocacy.
The law should not impose excessive burdens on NGOs or “arbitrary elements” for registration, Silvio Gonzato, EU's top diplomat for human rights and democracy, told reporters Friday.
The draft law, which has been leaked but never publicly released, would give the government tight control of NGOs.
Critics worry laws to curb cyber-crime and govern telecommunications will clamp down on few opportunities for free speech.
Government officials say they are moving forward with a law to regulate the NGO sector, despite widespread fears such legislation could be used to punish dissent.
Without mentioning Kem Sokha by name, he said in a speech Tuesday he would “demote” the vice president of the opposition if he continued to speak against him.
The government continues to prepare a law on cyber-crimes and a law on telecommunications, but critics worry these will clamp down on one of the few places for true free speech in the country.
Cambodian authorities arrested Russian businessman Sergei Polonsky today on an expired visa and are working to deport him to Russia in less than two weeks, an immigration official said.
Opposition leader Sam Raisny met with US officials and party supporters around Washington, DC, this week, to explain his ongoing negotiations with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party.
It would be a challenge to China, which is rapidly manufacturing artificial islands in the disputed territorial waters