The Raoul Wallenberg Institute has been involved in cooperation in the area of human rights in Cambodia since 2008. In 2008 and 2009, the Institute organised two workshops on human rights of women for participants from Southeast Asia, in cooperation with the Cambodian NGO Gender and Development for Cambodia.
In 2009, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute also contributed to a workshop relating to the preparations for Cambodia’s participation in the Universal Periodic Review process organised by the British Embassy, Sida and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia. The workshop targeted key stakeholders within the Government of Cambodia and civil society. The workshop and meetings with additional stakeholders in Cambodia resulted in a report with recommendations on possible future strategic interventions in the area of human rights. One of these recommendations was to explore the possibilities of establishing a human rights centre at one of the universities in Phnom Penh.
Following these developments and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s involvement in the Swedish-Cambodian bilateral human rights dialogue in January 2012, the Institute is currently undertaking an in-depth assessment of possible future Institute cooperation in Cambodia. The objective of the assessment is to provide the Institute with in-depth understanding of the institutional roles, capacities and needs of selected universities and other strategic institutions and create a basis for the Institute to develop a larger results-based programme for a broader cooperation in the field of human rights in Cambodia.
The assessment to be carried out includes looking at possibilities for cooperation in the human rights field with Cambodian universities and other key institutions in Cambodia working for the promotion and protection of human rights. The Institute is in this respect also assessing different ways of supporting the implementation of strategic UPR recommendations.
The Raoul Wallenberg Institute cooperation in Cambodia is financially supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
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