A George Soros-funded NGO which is trying to push gay marriage on Cambodia “must close”, said Prime Minister Hun Sen, accusing the group of serving foreign interests.
“The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) must close, because they take their directions from foreigners,” he told a gathering of garment workers. “The ministry of the interior should look into this.”
“If it is an international NGO, it’s not an issue,” he continued. “But this one is [registered as] Cambodian, which foreigners had created to do this and do that.”
The CCHR was founded in 2002 by former opposition leader Kem Sokha, who is currently awaiting trial on treason charges, accused of conspiracy to foment a colour revolution, after it emerged he told supporters he had received advice from U.S. experts.
A report published by the organisation last Thursday, entitled ‘Cambodia’s Rainbow Families’, demanded the nation grant gay couples the right to marry and adopt children.
Based on interviews with 121 individuals in LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, ‘queer’) relationships, the report also urged the introduction of a “gender identity law” which would allow people to change their birth gender on official documents.
Funded by Soros’s Open Society Institute, with other backers including the U.S. Department of State, the British Embassy in Phnom Penh and the European Union (EU), the CCHR describes itself as “a leading non-aligned, independent, non-governmental organisation that works to promote and protect democracy and respect for human rights.”