EWMI’s CSO partners in Cambodia coordinated their advocacy efforts to fight for the release of imprisoned broadcaster and democracy activist Mam Sonando [photo: LICADHO]

CCHR was able to use Sithi.org to share documentation of authorities disrupting a human rights training event.

Winners of the Winners of the 2010 competition at a ceremony with the US Ambassador & President of Cambodia’s Bar Association.

Through EWMI’s Mock Trial Program, aspiring Cambodian lawyers have learned the finer points of the legal profession like conducting cross examinations and delivering closing arguments, among other court procedures.

Women investigators address court officals, explaining the difficulties with GBV prosecutions.

The new ODC board is comprised of seven members with a vast range of knowledge and experiences in Cambodia’s development, particularly in the IT field.

Cambodia Program on Rights and Justice 2

2008 – 2014

Cambodia has suffered decades of political volatility and civil war, including the devastating violence of the Khmer Rouge period that still scars the country. Over the past 10 years, a measure of stability and economic progress has been achieved, but significant challenges to development still remain: weak government institutions, displaced populations, an increased demand for natural resources, especially land, and a weak civil society.

EWMI’s five-year Program on Rights and Justice II in Cambodia (PRAJ II), funded by USAID, focuses on human rights advocacy, rule of law promotion and biodiversity protection to address some of these challenges. Building upon the success of its six-year predecessor, the Program on Rights and Justice in Cambodia (PRAJ), this project continues EWMI’s innovative work to promote access to justice, improve the professional standards of the future Cambodian legal community, and strengthen grassroots advocacy and community networks, including community–based advocacy to protect Cambodia’s biodiversity. New initiatives under PRAJ II include activities to improve the collection and use of justice system data, develop the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Justice, and improve court administration and case management in selected courts.