PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – On August 5, 2011 ADB was informed that the activities of the national non-governmental organization (NGO) Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT), which has been actively monitoring the resettlement impacts of the ADB-supported GMS Cambodia Railway Rehabilitation Project, were suspended for five months effective August 1st. Yesterday ADB learned that another NGO involved in the monitoring of the railway project, the international NGO Bridges Across Borders Cambodia (BABC), was requested to attend a meeting with the Government about its activities.

Since the inception of the railway project, STT and BABC have provided the railway project’s resettlement team with important information about the resettlement process, information that has helped address the needs of families affected by the project.

ADB views recent developments with the utmost seriousness, and has met with STT, BABC and the Government about the situation.

ADB is fully committed to working with the Government, NGOs, civil society, and other stakeholders to ensure the implementation of ADB's safeguard policies in all ADB-financed projects.

ADB believes that NGOs and civil society play an important role in the successful implementation of development projects, and hopes that NGOs will be allowed to continue making contributions.

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