Cambodia’s Law on Surrogacy Drafted

Ministry of Justice has finalised the draft law on surrogacy � the bill whose existence will better prevent this controversial form of human trafficking from happening in Cambodia.

According to the ministry's spokesperson H.E. Chin Malin, the status of the bill was brought up during Tuesday's meeting between Ministry of Justice H.E. Ang Vong Vathana and visiting United Nations Special Rapporteur Ms. Rhona Smith at the ministry office here in Phnom Penh.

The UN rapporteur, he continued, was impressed by the law drafting progress by the Royal Government of Cambodia and the United Nations will assist the work so as to ensure international standard of the bill as model for other countries.

The draft law consisting of nine chapters and 62 articles will soon be sent to the Ministry of Women's Affairs for technical inputs.

Following the review by the Ministry of Women's Affairs, the Ministry of Justice will organise an inter-ministerial consultation of the law on surrogacy.

Without the legal tool in place, underlined H.E. Chin Malin, surrogacy will bring about negative impacts on women and children, especially for commercial and human trafficking purpose.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press