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Business and Human Rights Project
Cambodian Freedom of Expression
Human Rights Defenders Project
Human Rights Portal – Sithi Project
Land Reform Project
Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Project
Trial Monitoring Project
The Project to Promote Women's Political Representation in Cambodia
Past Projects
Community Trainings and Hearings Project
Ending Acid Violence Project
Human Rights Network Project
Public Forums Project
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Campaign to End Impunity in Cambodia
Campaign for Freedom of Expression
22/11 Justice Fund
World Press Freedom Day
"Where is My Justice" Campaign
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CCHR Project Description

Most of our Projects incorporate both of our two approaches, Empowerment and Policy. Staff members often work on more than one complimentary project.

Business and Human Rights
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 Trainings and Hearings
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.
Ending Acid Violence Project
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.
Human Rights Defenders
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 deemed inadequate, will provide financial support to ensure that the necessary support can be secured from the private sector. The Project will also undertake research and analysis of the situation of HRDs in Cambodia and offer recommendations to the Royal Government of Cambodia and others as to the legislative, structural and policy changes that are necessary to ensure that the right to defend human rights is respected.
Human Rights Network
The Cambodian Human Rights Network is a new approach to promoting human rights in Cambodia. The Network is based on the premise that change should come from the grassroots up but that NGOs in Cambodia often tend to lead communities rather than listen to them.

By working with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) throughout the country, CCHR seeks to encourage and facilitate grassroots activism. CBOs are the individual Network participants, they receive training on human rights, monitoring and documentation, and advocacy. In addition, Network participants are encouraged to apply for funding to support their activities in the furtherance of human rights from the Project's small grants fund. Network participants also receive advice and support from CCHR and partner NGOs in the undertaking of their activities. In addition, Network participants are given access to radio by using CCHR airtime to broadcast their activities. Network participants are listed in a Network directory and are encouraged to collaborate and to engage in joint advocacy.

Public Forums
Since our foundation the CCHR’s emphasis has been on empowering communities. CCHR was the first NGO to facilitate ‘public forums’ throughout Cambodia. Unlike the Community Hearings, the Public Forums are not case-driven; rather they provide the platform for communities to 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.sithi.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.
Trial Monitoring
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.org. 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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