About 5,234 associations and NGOs, of which 2,117 associations and 3,117 NGOs, have been so far registered at the Ministry of Interior, according to the data released at the ministry's annual meeting in Phnom Penh on Wednesday.
Up to last year, there were in total 36 political parties, but one of them has not registered yet after being established, it pointed out.
In 2017 alone, 128 associations, 130 NGOs, and eight ethnic minority communities were registered while 6 associations and 14 NGOs were erased from the list, it said, adding that at the same time, the ministry authorised the creation of three political parties, recorded four others and removed 36 political parties from the list.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng said the ministry has done its best to coordinate, strengthen and support the registration and activities of the associations, NGOs and political parties in accordance with the existing laws in order to promote the democratisation process and enhance the freedom of expression.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press