Cambodia: Revised Legislation Delayed

07/2006

Embassy Phnom Penh turned over to the Cambodian government (“RGC”) last Fall the results of the Holt survey. UNICEF has similarly provided to the RGC the results of its own survey on the provision of services to orphans. UNICEF has received RGC concurrence to do training on the management of both databases, so that the RGC can take them over. Although the Department of State had previously hoped that the revised adoption legislation might be passed by the end of this year, recent reporting from our Embassy there indicates this is less likely, and it could be well into 2007 before such legislation is enacted. The Government of France recently entered into a bilateral agreement with the RGC to recommence processing of cases involving French families.

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