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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights.. Human Rights Situation in Cambodia.. Approaches.. CCHR Project Description.. Current Projects.. Human Rights Defenders Project.. Human Rights Portal – Sithi Project.. Land Reform Project.. Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Project.. Trial Monitoring Project.. Past Projects.. Business and Human Rights Project.. Community Trainings and Hearings Project.. Human Rights Network Project.. Public Forums Project.. Campaigns.. Campaign for Freedom of Expression.. 22/11 Justice Fund.. World Press Freedom Day.. Free Yorm Bopha.. Most of our Projects incorporate both of our two approaches, Empowerment and Policy.. Staff members often work on more than one complimentary project.. The Business and Human Rights Project seeks to increase the understanding of businesses as to their impact on and responsibilities vis-à-vis human rights.. We encourage businesses to work towards respecting human rights in all of their operations and policies.. The idea behind this project is that the private sector is currently the missing, albeit undoubtedly an important, stakeholder in human rights dialogue in Cambodia.. Community Training is provided by the CCHR to increase human rights understanding amongst marginalized rural and urban communities involved in land conflicts and to transfer the skills required to claim those rights.. The Project seeks to empower individuals and communities so they can negotiate the resolution of land conflicts, and to prevent or minimize associated rights violations.. The Community Hearing is a case-driven alternative conflict resolution mechanism that seeks to bring those affected by rights violations – namely land rights violations – together with Royal Government of Cambodia representatives, alleged perpetrators and other stakeholders in order to resolve the conflict at hand.. The Project also has the overarching aim of fostering a more open society throughout Cambodia, where debate, discussion and differences of opinion are accepted and encouraged.. Cambodia's Ending Acid Violence Research and Advocacy Project is a project facilitated by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) aimed at ending acid violence and the culture of impunity that surrounds it through fact and evidence based research and advocacy.. One of the most urgent issues with regards to acid violence that needs to be addressed is that of impunity: perpetrators of acid violence regularly escape prosecution and conviction for their crimes.. Since 1990, only a few acid crimes have been brought to court, and where this has been the case, the sentences that have been imposed have not reflected the severity of the crime.. The Project is designed to carry on the work that has been started with the Breaking the Silent Report to end the culture of impunity surrounding acid violence through research and analysis, public education and dialogue and advocacy.. The Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) Project seeks to protect people at risk and to promote the right to defend human rights.. HRDs are those individuals who, in a professional or personal capacity, stand up to promote or protect the rights of others.. The premise underlying the Project is that those who stand up for human rights in Cambodia do not stand alone.. The Project will put in place a HRD Committee which will monitor the situation of HRDs in Cambodia.. The Project will seek to coordinate NGO support to HRDs at risk of violence, intimidation or legal action and, where that support is not forthcoming or is  ...   address and understand human rights issues and violations that arise.. Again, the CCHR plays the role of moderator and does not speak on anyone’s behalf.. The dialogue and forum mechanism is less formal and more flexible than the community hearing mechanism and has the overarching aim of fostering a more open society throughout Cambodia, where debate, discussion and differences of opinion are accepted and encouraged.. Human Rights Portal – Sithi.. Winner -.. 2011.. Information Society Innovation Fund Award.. (ISIF), Rights and Freedom Category for.. www.. sithi.. org,.. Cambodia's first online human rights portal.. The Sithi Project is aimed at further developing and implementing collaborative and decentralized approaches to monitoring, documentation and information sharing as a basis for more detailed research and analysis and more sophisticated evidence-based dialogue and advocacy to bring about an improvement in the situation of human rights – particularly civil and political rights – in Cambodia.. As part of further developing and implementing collaborative approaches, the Sithi Project has developed, and continues to facilitate, the.. Cambodian Human Rights Web Portal, www.. org.. Sithi Project staff have trained community representatives on monitoring and documenting information to be shared on Sithi.. org, and to be used as part of evidence based dialogue and advocacy.. Information gathered as part of the Sithi Project has been used in reports aimed at variety of stakeholders from the Royal Government of Cambodia to the United Nation Human Rights Committees.. Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity.. The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Project seeks to empower Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people throughout Cambodia to advocate for their rights and to improve respect for LGBT throughout the Kingdom.. LGBT rights are human rights for LGBT people.. CCHR is creating an informal Network of activists who work to promote and protect the human rights of LGBT people.. Network participants receive training on human rights, law, monitoring and documentation, and advocacy.. Participants are also encouraged to apply for funding to support their activities in furtherance of human rights and they receive assistance and guidance from CCHR in the delivery of their activities.. In addition to empowering LGBT activists, CCHR undertakes research and analysis of the situation of LGBT in Cambodia and identifies the legislative, structural and policy changes that are necessary for the human rights of LGBT people to be fully respected and for the diversity of all people in Cambodia to be cherished rather than punished.. The purpose of the Trial Monitoring Project is to monitor trials in Cambodia to assess their fairness against international standards and to use the findings as a basis for dialogue with judicial and other stakeholders in order to promote fair trials in Cambodia.. We have created a strong infrastructure including a checklist, guidance and a code of conduct for trial monitors, and a database for documenting trial data that will soon link in with the.. Human Rights Portal sithi.. This project infrastructure will be shared with partners to facilitate their own geographical-focused or rights-specific trial monitoring programs.. We share raw data pertaining to the trials publicly, reporting on the assessment of trials’ fairness.. We also engage in dialogue with judicial and other stakeholders to share the findings, encourage improvements to trials and increase demand for fair trials in Cambodia..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: Subscribe to receive CCHR updates.. What?.. The Cambodian Freedom of Expression Project aims to instigate legislative, structural and policy changes in order to improve freedom of expression in Cambodia.. The objective of this project is (i) to propose necessary amendments to anti-freedom of expression legislation, and to ensure that international standards are implemented (ii) to ensure a reduction in criminal cases and cases of physical intimidation or violence against civil society and opposition members and (iii) to promote implementation of the recommendations made by United Nations Special Rapporteurs and any Universal Periodic Review.. Why?.. The right to freedom of expression is protected and promoted under Cambodian law.. Namely, article 41 of the Constitution provides that all Khmer citizens have the right to “.. freedom of expression, press, publication and assembly.. ”.. While article 35 provides that all Khmer citizens shall have the right to participate actively in the political life of the nation and article 31 states that Cambodia shall recognize and respect the UDHR and the covenants and conventions related to human rights, thereby incorporating the UDHR and ICCPR into domestic law.. Last but not least, article 19 of the UDHR and ICCPR provide for the universal right to freedom of expression, subject to restrictions in very limited circumstances, i.. e.. for the respect of the rights or reputations of others and for the protection of national security, public order, public health or morals.. However, the current situation of freedom of expression in Cambodia is dismal.. The leading Cambodian Peoples Party (CPP) owns and controls the majority of the media: television broadcast licenses are only granted to those aligned with the RGC, the cracking down on opposition newspapers and threats against journalists disrupt free expression and give rise to self censorship, and there are only three independent radio stations in the country.. The RGC  ...   publication of comments intended to influence a court) offer a wide scope of criminalization for criticism of the judiciary.. Find out more about the situation of expression in Cambodia, please go visit CCHR’s website in Our Work section:.. http://cchrcambodia.. org/our_work.. or read our report: “Cambodia Gagged: Democracy at Risk?”.. How?.. In order to achieve the objectives listed above, the following activities will be conducted:.. •.. Monitor -.. both positive and negative instances of freedom of expression in Cambodia will be monitored on a daily basis.. Engage -.. a wide range of civil society members will be given the space in which to engage the RGC, provincial governors, opposition National Assembly members, and freedom of expression experts, in constructive dialogue.. Advocate -.. on a national, regional and international level, legislative, structural and policy changes to protect and promote the right to freedom of expression in Cambodia.. Recommendations will be developed in three major areas: the Rule of Law; Fundamental Freedoms; and Participatory Democracy.. Regular publications identifying discrepancies in legislation and practical issues with regard to the application of the law will be communicated.. Who?.. This project targets a number of groups including Civil Society and the Government.. Specific target groups include human rights defenders, activists, journalists, bloggers, community-based organizations, trade union representatives, NGOs, government representatives, members of the Royal Government of Cambodia, ministry representatives and provincial authorities.. This project aims to ensure the right to freedom of expression for all Cambodians, especially the poor and marginalized who rarely have their voices heard.. It aims to protect human rights defenders, activists, journalists and bloggers who express opinions that are contrary to those of the RGC and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, or that express opposition.. The project will engage the above target groups in order to create dialogue and achieve important goals relating to free expression in Cambodia..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: CCHR Events.. Photo Gallery.. The Human Rights Defenders Project seeks to compliment and reinforce the existing NGO and civil society network in support of human rights defenders (HRDs) at risk and, where that support is not forthcoming or is deemed inadequate, to ensure the necessary support can be secured from the private sector.. Under the Project, CCHR will also conduct research and advocacy towards legislative, structural and policy changes to ensure that the right to defend human rights is fully respected.. Why?.. The situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Cambodia, including the freedoms of thought, expression and association, is dire.. The state apparatus in Cambodia including the police, military, the judiciary and even the National Assembly is being used to harass and harangue HRDs.. The court system in particular has played a central role in the intimidation of HRDs, with the orders of the courts used to give the appearance of legitimacy to violations of human rights.. According to the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Organisation (ADHOC), in 2009 alone there were an estimated 235 criminal complaints against HRDs, 147 of whom were imprisoned.. Yet no mechanism currently exists to protect and promote the rights of HRDs in Cambodia.. Although NGOs do provide some support to HRDs – including occasional and ad hoc legal aid and humanitarian support – the support that is available is sometimes inadequate and, in certain highly sensitive or political cases, even non-existent.. Furthermore, a lack of understanding amongst relevant organizations of the bigger picture of the situation of HRDs hinders genuine evidence based advocacy aimed at achieving the institutional, policy and legislative changes that are necessary to ensure positive changes  ...   protection of the rights of HRDs: providing protection to HRDs under threat, including the threat of physical violence and/or judicial intimidation, and promoting the rights of HRDs, seeking positive change in government polices and actions towards HRDs and the observance and implementation of international human rights standards in this regard.. The mechanism will be collaborative, coordinating and optimizing for HRDs under threat, the support that is available from community based organizations (CBOs), sector based organizations (SBOs), and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).. Where that support is not forthcoming or is considered inadequate, necessary support will be secured from the private sector.. The support provided to HRDs under the Project will include, although will not be limited to, legal advice and representation, humanitarian aid, and advocacy advice.. Who?.. The target beneficiaries of the Project are HRDs who work to prevent and end violations of human rights, including, but not restricted to, extrajudicial and arbitrary killings, human trafficking, restrictions on freedoms of thought, expression and association, abuses in the judicial system, systematic discrimination, mass evictions, forced displacement, denial of the rights to economic livelihoods for particular groups, and forced labor.. The intended beneficiaries in the short-term are the aided HRDs themselves, though in the long term the result of this Project will benefit all HRDs throughout Cambodia, therefore all Cambodians.. The target audience for the dialogue and advocacy is the Royal Government of Cambodia, who have an obligation to respect, protect and promote human rights, the Cambodian people, to whom the RGC owes guarantees of human rights, and the international community, to exercise influence on the government and support Cambodians in the quest for respect for their human rights.. Project Presentation..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: Jobs.. The Sithi Project is a Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) facilitated project aimed at further developing and implementing collaborative and decentralized approaches to monitoring, documentation and information sharing as a basis for more detailed research and analysis and more sophisticated evidence-based dialogue and advocacy to bring about an improvement in the situation of human rights – particularly civil and political rights – in Cambodia.. Cambodia suffers from a widespread disregard for human rights.. Whilst the period 2008 -2010 was arguably marked by some improvements in the situation of social and economic rights (with a strong caveat vis a vis land rights), we have seen worrying trends in relation to the situation of civil and political rights.. In 2008, CCHR implemented the Database Project, a project designed to change the way in which Civil Society Organizations (“CSOs”) in Cambodia monitor, document and use information on human rights – moving away from decentralized bureaucratic processes dominated by large NGOs, towards a decentralized, specialized and collaborative approach resulting in more research and analysis, more innovative ideas for policy, legislative and structural changes.. The Sithi Project continues the work of the Database Project by improving documentation and monitoring for more sophsiticated evidence-based dialogue and advocacy to improve the situation of human rights in Cambodia.. Infrastructure.. – CCHR will develop and maintain infrastructure for the project, including the human rights web portal,.. Training.. – CCHR will train CSOs to build capacity and transfer skills, knowledge and tools to CSO to empower them to advocate for change.. Training will include: introduction to the Sithi Project infrastructure, understanding of both.. international and domestic.. human  ...   and analysis is undertaken.. – Shared information is utilized for research and analysis of human rights in Cambodia so as to generate more ideas and new approaches for ensuing that universal human rights are realized in Cambodia.. CSOs undertake joint dialogue and advocacy initiatives to drive improved respect for human rights.. – CSOs engage in more proactive, holistic and collaborative dialogue and advocacy, pushing for structural, policy and legislative change to improve respect for human rights.. CSOs’ organizational strength is developed.. – The organizational development of the CCHR and others is advanced, making them more effective in promoting and protecting human rights.. The new collaborative approach to human rights work.. – Collaborative monitoring, documentation and information sharing as a basis for research and evidence based dialogue and advocacy – is discussed and shared with CBOs and development partners – Project plans and infrastructure are shared with other CSOs, encouraging them to adopt it, strengthening civil society’s capacity to improve respect for human rights in Cambodia, particularly civil and political rights.. The target audience of the training and capacity building elements of the Sithi Project are CSOs.. The intended beneficiaries in the short-term are the CSOs themselves, though in the long term the result of this Project will benefit all Cambodians.. The target audience for the dialogue and advocacy are the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”), who have an obligation to respect, protect and promote human rights, the Cambodian people, to whom the RGC owes guarantees of human rights, and the international community, to exercise influence on the government and support Cambodians in the quest for respect for their human rights..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: What ?.. The Land Reform Project is a new approach to promoting human rights related to land disputes throughout Cambodia.. The Project will implement cooperation over a broad scope of activities with governmental representatives, other NGOs, community based organizations (CBOs) and political party representatives in order to initiate a positive debate amongst the stakeholders toward a more effective management of the land right violations.. The overall objective of the project is to reform of the legal, institutional and policy framework that facilitates the widespread transfer of land from vulnerable and marginalized groups to a wealthy, political and economic elite together with the achievement of land security and tenure for all Cambodians.. Therefore, the Project will organize a series of Roundtables discussion and policy platform for the participants to scrutinize the laws, policies and institutions that regulate the land sector and the formulation of recommendations for land reform.. Moreover, the Project aims at improving the role of civil society in promoting human rights by providing them with the opportunity to address their concerns and push for democratic reforms of the land sector in the perspective of the legislative and national elections.. Research activities, including field investigations, will also be undertaken for the production of a global report on the legal, institutional and decision-making process components of the land reform occurring today in Cambodia.. Why ?.. Land violations are the most prominent and prevalent form of human rights violation occuring in Cambodia today.. In the after math of the Khmer Rouge era, the transition from a possessory system of land titles to a system of cadastral titles has been poorly managed and as a result, the evictees struggle to claim ownership on the land they occupy, with only 0.. 7% of them being able to prove their official title  ...   land reform process.. How ?.. CCHR Land Reform Project is implementing a broad set of activities in order to improve the human rights and legal standards directly related to land issues.. Report on the Situation of Land in Cambodia.. : CCHR Land Reform Project team is currently drafting a report that addresses the entire land problem – rather than a number of individual cases – including the legislative, institutional and policy shortcomings;.. Awareness and understanding of the situation of land in Cambodia.. : This includes the daily monitoring of land conflicts, contacting government ministries and UN agencies, mapping individual cases, printing documents for distribution, broadcasting information, publishing all relevant information ;.. Recommendations for legal, institutional and policy reform.. : This includes meeting with stakeholders, designing and organizing 6 Roundtables and discussing land issues with civil society representatives and political parties ;.. In the run-up to the elections, providing a platform to all political parties to outline their policies on land.. : This includes conducting a policy platform inviting all the political parties, recording and broadcasting the policy platform on radio and publishing and disseminating a report on land policies.. Who ?.. CCHR Land Reform Project team is cooperating with a broad set of actors, including government officials, community representatives, individuals affected by land conflicts, representatives of political parties and human rights activists throughout Cambodia.. The project in the scope of cooperation with the above mentioned targeted groups is seeking to ensure that the new government has clear legal, institutional, and policy reform agenda and that the ordinary public and communities - including women, children, disabled people, minorities and indigenous people - affected by land conflicts together with HRDs, CSOs, and the political opposition, have a concrete project for land reform advocacy after the general election in 2013..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: Members of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Cambodia are often misunderstood, mistreated, threatened and have their human rights violated.. Those from rural areas are often more victimized and isolated then those in urban areas.. Few safe places or systems exist where members of the LGBT community can get the information that they need on what their rights are, or on how they can advocate for them.. No laws exist to protect them or ensure that they are treated the same as other human beings.. The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Project seeks to help LGBT people to overcome these difficulties through:.. Networking.. – Facilitating the creation in Cambodia of an informal LGBT rights network of “Target Beneficiaries”, namely individuals, communities, human rights defenders, Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Sector-Based Organizations (SBOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), private sector associations, and other beneficiaries seeking to improve respect for LGBT rights.. Empowering.. – Empowering these Target Beneficiaries, through capacity-building and the transfer of skills and knowledge, to work to improve respect for LGBT rights throughout Cambodia.. Advocating.. – Improving respect for LGBT rights through research and analysis of the current status of LGBT rights in Cambodia, and through advocacy for the realization of these rights.. The SOGI Project’s main objective is to improve respect for and understanding of LGBT rights in Cambodia in order to lessen the violence, discrimination and human rights abuses that LGBT people suffer on a daily basis throughout Cambodia.. CCHR aims to achieve the SOGI project’s overarching objective by developing a knowledge and support network that spans Cambodia, involving individuals, communities, NGOs, SBOs, the private sector and the media.. Through transferring knowledge and skills CCHR aims to empower the LGBT community so that people know their rights.. Through research and analysis of the current status of LGBT rights in Cambodia, CCHR also advocates for the realization of  ...   Kampong Thom provinces.. Mapping of the LGBT community in Cambodia is a key aspect of the SOGI project.. To date, the issues and needs of the LGBT population in Cambodia have been partially identified in relation to social exclusion, networking opportunities, empowerment, advocacy and access to facilities and support services including health, education, and community development.. In addition CCHR has produced a research report entitled “Coming Out in the Kingdom: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in Cambodia” that analyzes the current environment (including cultural and social views, religious and political views), instances of violence, discrimination and human rights abuses, the legal framework and developments in the LGBT movement in Cambodia so that it can raise greater awareness for LGBT rights in Cambodia.. CCHR has met with Target Beneficiaries in Phnom Penh and nine other provinces including Kandal, Kampong Thom, Siem Reap, Battambang, Pursat, Kampong Chhnang, Takeo, Kampong Speu and Sihanoukville in order to identify and map them into “Network Participants”.. CCHR is also gathering information as part of the research and analysis into the current situation of LGBT communities and their needs.. CCHR continually shares its findings with RoCK, WNU and Pannasastra University about LGBT rights and the LGBT situation in Cambodia.. CCHR has developed a relationship with Pannasastra University in Phnom Penh to mainstream education on LGBT rights in Cambodia by providing education directly to university students.. This initiative is the first of its kind in Cambodia.. CCHR also supported the 2010 and 2011 Cambodia Gay Pride Week that featured RoCK Workshop, Film Festival, and Messenger Band.. Lastly, as part of the SOGI project, CCHR is in the process of creating an LGBT Rights Network Directory of Target Beneficiaries, and an online portal where resources to support them can be easily accessed.. Furthermore, CCHR is conducting two researches related to social perception on LGBT Cambodian, and the recommendation research..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: The Trial Monitoring Project (the “Project”) was set up to monitor criminal trials in Cambodian courts and to assess their adherence to international and Cambodian fair trial standards.. The Project uses the findings to facilitate increased respect for fair trial rights and to advocate improvements for court practices.. The Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia provides that Cambodia shall recognize and respect human rights as stipulated in all relevant international instruments.. This includes the right to a fair trial, more specifically defined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as the right of every person accused of a crime to receive a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal established by law.. In practice, the Cambodian courts are seen to be non-independent, incompetent and biased.. The courts are considered to be under political control, with the executive branch dominating the legislature and the judiciary - there is no genuine separation of powers.. Many judges have very limited legal education due to the prolonged civil war.. The court is contaminated by profound mistrust and corruption.. This leads to a lack of respect for the presumption of innocence, which is a fundamental right of an accused person.. These problems need to be resolved to improve the fairness and efficiency of trials in Cambodia.. To this end, the Model Court Project was established.. The Model Court Project is a United States Agency for International Development-funded Program on Rights and Justice, aimed at collaborating with the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) to address problems in the Cambodian justice system.. The Project is implemented through the following three activities:.. Trial monitors monitor criminal trials to obtain quantitative and qualitative data with a focus on both procedural and substantive elements by using specific checklist - an instrument to measure adherence to fair trial rights;.. The Project team produces.. two.. trial monitoring reports per year regarding the Courts of First Instance and annual report regarding the Court of Appeal.. These reports set out the data collected during the preceding reporting period, provide case-by-case examples, address the relevant laws governing trials in Cambodia; and make practical recommendations for changes in law, policy and practice;.. The Project staff also engages in dialogue with key judicial and other stakeholders - including the monitored courts and the Ministry of Justice - to share ideas and raise awareness about the Project’s findings in regards to fair trial rights in Cambodia.. From its launch in August 2009 to the end of 2012, the Project was focusing on the Phnom Penh Capital Court of First Instance, Kandal, Banteay Meanchey and Rattanakiri Provincial Courts.. Since March 2013, with a view to assess how fair trial rights standards are implemented on a higher level, the Project has started to monitor the Phnom Penh Court of Appeal.. The subject of the trials monitored is random.. For each trial attended, data is recorded directly on the checklist.. The information is limited to the trial process itself and therefore  ...   (Note: All of these above-mentioned documents are available at.. http://tmp.. org/.. ).. Database:.. To date, the Project has monitored.. 1,722.. trials in Phnom Penh Court,.. 505.. trials in the Kandal Province Court,.. 252.. trials in the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court and.. 65.. trials in the Ratanakiri Provincial Court, and.. 14.. other.. trials related to human trafficking and high profile cases in the Courts of First Instance throughout Cambodia.. The data collected from these trials has been recorded on.. Trial Monitoring Database.. , which was publically launched on 26 September 2013.. Data.. collected at the Court of Appeal will be recorded in another purposely-designed database.. For further information on the Trial Monitoring Database, please email to.. info@cchrcambodia.. Reports:.. CCHR has released five bi-annual reports on fair trial rights in Cambodia.. The Reports on the Project findings have been distributed to the RGC, relevant ministries, universities, judicial stakeholders, and international organizations.. Handbooks:.. As of now, the Project has produced two key handbooks:.. Handbook on Fair Trial Rights and Trial Monitoring.. in Cambodia in March 2012 and.. Handbook on Pre-trial and Trial Procedures.. in the Cambodian criminal courts in August 2013.. Poster:.. The Project has developed a poster on specific accused rights under Cambodian and international law.. While posters have already been pinned in the three waiting rooms of the accused at the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court and three posters have already pinned in the Court of Appeal, other posters will be displayed at other monitored courts, specific police stations, and jails across the country.. Dialogue:.. Informing the courts of the Project: The presidents of Phnom Penh Capital Court, Kandal, Banteay Meanchey, Ratanakiri Provincial Courts of First Instance, and the Phnom Penh Court of Appeal have been informed about the Project implementation since its commencement.. Consultation prior to release of reports, handbooks, and poster on accused rights: The presidents of Kandal and Ratanakiri Provincial Courts, two vice presidents of the Phnom Penh Court, judges of the Banteay Meanchey Provicial Court, and both the President and General Prosecutor of the Phnom Penh Court of Appeal met with the Project team and showed their efforts to cooperate with the Project.. In addition, the Project members have met with General Director of Administration of the Ministry of Justice to discuss, on CCHR’s request, the using of the ministry’s logo on the poster.. initiated by the Project.. Conducting dialogue on the report’s findings: After publication, the Project distributes the reports to relevant judicial stakeholders together with the requests for meetings in order to present and provide further explanation of the data, analysis, and recommendations addressing the issues of fair trial rights concerns.. The target audience of the monitoring, reporting and dialogue activities of the Project is the monitored courts, the judiciary as a whole, and judicial stakeholders.. The intended beneficiaries of the Project are the general public through assisting them in the continued efforts to build trust and respect for the judiciary, and improving the credibility of the court process.. Download Checklist Guidance..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: WHAT.. The Project.. seeks to promote women’s political representation in Cambodia; specifically through advocating towards the achievement of the minimum target of 30% representation of women at all levels of government.. The Project forms part of a regional program aimed at “Building Sustainable Partnerships to Promote Women's Political Representation in Southeast Asia” (the “Program”).. The Program is managed by Kemitraan (Partnership for Governance Reforms), an Indonesian non-governmental organization, in partnership with the National Democracy Institute (NDI) based in Indonesia with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).. The Program will focus on strengthening democracy and the political rights of women in five countries across Southeast Asia by promoting an increase in women’s representation through regional partnership initiatives.. CCHR will be the Cambodian partner joining the Indonesian Women’s Coalition (“KPI”) in Indonesia, Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (“EMPOWER”) in Malaysia, the Women’s Caucus in Timor-Leste, and the Center for Popular Empowerment (“CEP”) in the Philippines.. The Project activities will span a two year period, focusing on women’s political representation specifically in the context of the upcoming Commune Elections in June 2012 and the National Elections in 2013.. WHY.. For a number of different reasons – cultural, political,  ...   the higher echelons of national government right down to commune level.. These elections also represent a perfect opportunity for gender mainstreaming policies.. HOW.. In order to advocate for an increase in women’s representation in politics, CCHR will employ a multi-disciplinary approach, which will include: (1) monitoring and mapping the election of women in the Commune and National Elections of 2012 and 2013 respectively; (2) organizing multi-party workshops/ meetings of female candidates for both elections; (3) organizing roundtable discussions focusing on issues of women in politics; and (4) domestic and international advocacy.. CCHR will advocate for these results by means of radio broadcasts, online media, reports, briefing notes, fact sheets, and – most importantly – stakeholder meetings and roundtable dialogues between key members of civil society and representatives of the political parties.. CCHR will also meet with members of the women’s movement in Cambodia to raise awareness of quotas as a means for ensuring a gender balance in politics.. WHO.. The target audience of the Project includes representatives of the political parties, policy makers, female election candidates, and members of the women’s movement, and all women and population who would be echoed for their support to vote for women candidates..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: Business and human rights refers to the private sector’s respect or otherwise for universal human rights.. Human rights are a set of basic rights and freedoms to which all human beings are entitled.. According to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights: ‘the recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.. ’ Article 31 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia makes this Universal Declaration and other binding human rights instruments part of Cambodian law.. According to the United Nations Special Representative to the Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights (SRSG), John Ruggie, businesses have a responsibility to respect human rights.. While it is important to understand that businesses are capable of violating all human rights and that they must therefore ensure that all human rights are respected in their operations, some human rights are of more relevance to businesses.. They include: the right to freedom of assembly and association; the right to freedom of expression; the abolition of slavery and forced labour; the abolition of child labour; the right to equal pay for equal work; the right to equality at work; the right to non-discrimination; the right to just and favourable remuneration; and the right of indigenous peoples to possession of ancestral lands and resources.. Understandably, the primary objective of businesses is the maximisation of profit margins, and human rights have traditionally been considered outside the ambit of the private sector.. Nonetheless, the adoption of a human rights policy can be beneficial for businesses:.. The business case.. Adopting a human rights policy can: dramatically improve a businesses’s reputation, leading to increased sales, improved ‘licence to operate’ and increased shareholder satisfaction; raise worker satisfaction and therefore productivity, and make it easier for a business to retain the  ...   harm.. The responsibility to respect is a baseline expectation, therefore a company cannot compensate for human rights harm by performing good deeds elsewhere.. The responsibility to respect also includes avoiding complicity.. Complicity refers to indirect involvement by companies in human rights abuses - where the actual harm is committed by another party in a business’s supply chain, including governments and non-state actors.. SRSG Ruggie suggests that businesses adopt a due diligence process - similar to financial due diligence – to ensure respect for human rights.. This involves:.. Developing a company policy which stipulates a commitment to respecting human rights.. Completing proactive human rights impact assessments.. Tracking human rights performance by monitoring and auditing ongoing developments.. Providing effective remedies in the case of disputes.. Entering into a voluntary human rights ombudsman regime.. In order to ensure respect for human rights in their operations, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights encourages businesses to integrate the above mechanisms for the protection of human rights into company policy, and to ensure that such policy is put into practice.. CCHR is aiming to work constructively with the Royal Government of Cambodia, other NGOs and civil society in general, as well as with all kinds of businesses from the private sector, in order to improve respect for human rights within businesses' day-to-day operations and policies.. The eventual target beneficiaries will be not only the current victims of human rights abuses, such as poorly paid factory workers, sex workers, victims of land evictions, isolated unionists, and so on, but also the businesses themselves: the message that CCHR is aiming to spread is that respect for human rights is not only a moral obligation and a legal requirement, but also pays dividends in terms of bottom line profit.. A cultural change is needed; CCHR has kickstarted the dialogue in Cambodia and is now working hard to accelerate the process..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: The Community Trainings and Hearings Project is a resolution driven Project which seeks to empower marginalized rural and urban communities involved in land conflicts throughout Cambodia.. Through Community Training, CCHR provides trusted community activists with training on land law, human rights and advocacy.. Community Training is conducted before Community Hearings – public forums where the entire community is invited to address their concerns to invited guest speakers who generally include parliamentarians, members of the local authority and alleged perpetrators.. The Project is based on the premise that communities should be empowered to drive the changes they want to see and to achieve the resolutions they see as necessary in the cases that affect their lives.. Through Community Training, CCHR seeks to provide sufficient knowledge of key issues to trusted members of communities affected by land conflicts.. The Project has at its heart a desire to achieve openness and transparency in Cambodia, the Community Hearings provide members of the target communities with a rare experience of a democratic process and a rare opportunity to directly address elected and other officials.. In recent years the global increase in land prices has given rise to widespread and systematic violations of land rights in Cambodia.. Since 1990, in  ...   are facilitated and often furthered by a judiciary which is open to political and economic influence.. By empowering communities, CCHR seeks to ensure that they are capable of peacefully resisting violations of their human rights – whether by preventing an eviction from going ahead or by ensuring that they are compensated fairly as required by the land law of Cambodia.. The Community Hearing provides communities with a dispute resolution mechanism that is alternative to the courts which so often side with the same political and economic elite that are invariably behind evictions.. The Project aims to develop the capacity of marginalized and vulnerable rural and urban committees so they are able to advocate and defend their rights through:.. The transfer of skills and knowledge to marginalised urban and rural groups facing the prospect of eviction, loss of livelihoods and/or human rights violations.. The creation of safe public space for the resolution of land conflicts and human rights violations.. Advocating for policy and structural changes to provide land security and tenure for vulnerable and marginalized groups.. The Project target beneficiaries are marginalized rural and urban communities throughout the Kingdom of Cambodia who are involved in land conflicts or who are facing the prospect of eviction..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: Cambodia’s Ending Acid Violence Research and Advocacy Project is a project facilitated by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) aimed at ending acid violence and the culture of impunity that surrounds it through fact and evidence based research and advocacy.. The objectives of the Project is to (1) provide basic understanding of the situation of acid violence in Cambodia and steps required to end it, (2) create societal understanding of the effects of acid violence and (3) conduct dialogue and advocacy towards the formulation and application of a law that deals effectively with the issue of acid violence.. An acid attack is an act where perpetrators throw or pour acid on the victims, usually their faces, mostly not to kill but to maim, disfigure or torture.. The consequences of these attacks include blindness, permanent scarring of the face and body, and at times severe disabilities.. Not only do victims suffer physically but psychologically, with acid victims often excluded from mainstream society.. According to Cambodian Acid Survivor Charity (CASC) in 2009, there were 28 acid violence cases recorded with 33 victims and for year 2010, 19 attacks plus 3 accidents and 1 suicide attempt leaving some 40 victims.. Its most recent progress report for the period January to June 2011 shows 6 recorded cases of acid violence and 3 accidental burns, with 15 victims.. In May 2010, CCHR together with CASC published a report on the situation of acid violence in Cambodia entitled.. Breaking the Silence: Acid Violence in Cambodia.. It noted that in Cambodia, acid attacks are usually a consequence of, or a perceived means of settling, interpersonal disputes, with the  ...   acid violence through:.. Research and analysis.. : By building on research already completed, CCHR will continue to provide a basis for understanding the situation of acid violence in Cambodia and the steps required to end it.. As part of work to understand the situation of acid violence in Cambodia, CCHR will map acid attack cases and display these interactively on Human Rights Portal, Sithi.. Public Education.. : CCHR will work with other stakeholders and civil society organizations, including CASC, on increasing societal understanding of the effect of acid violence.. This will include education about the implication of the injuries caused by acid, important of safe practice regarding acid, the serious punitive measures that will be taken and ways to solve conflicts though non-violent means.. Dialogue and Advocacy.. : CCHR will undertake dialogue and advocacy towards the formulation and application of a law that deals effectively with the issue of acid violence.. As part of this work, the project will monitor acid violence cases to see how these cases are handled by the judiciary and law enforcement agencies.. The outcome of this monitoring will help inform reform within the judicial system of Cambodia and other rule of law agencies in the context of acid violence.. The target beneficiaries of the research and analysis, and dialogue and advocacy are the legislative, executive and judiciary branches, NGOs and CSOs, and the ordinary people in ensuring the enactment of effective legislation and the due implementation of such legislation.. The target audience of the public education element is the general public through increasingtheir awareness of the effects of acid violence and changing their perceptions towards acid attack victims..

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