The Raoul Wallenberg Institute has been involved in the area of human rights in Cambodia since 2008. In 2008 and 2009, RWI organised two workshops on the human rights of women for participants from Southeast Asia, in cooperation with Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC), a local NGO. Furthermore, in 2009, the Institute contributed to a workshop on the preparation of Cambodia’s participation in the UPR in cooperation with the British Embassy in Cambodia, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and OHCHR. During the second half of 2011, RWI provided support to Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia as part of the Institute’s regional Asia programme. The Institute has also been involved in the Human Rights Dialogue meetings between Sweden and Cambodia.
In March 2012, the Institute signed an agreement with Sida and was granted funding to carry out an assessment of relevant institutions in Cambodia. The overall objective of the assessment was to provide RWI with in-depth understanding of the institutional roles, capacities and needs of selected universities and other strategic institutions and create a basis for RWI to develop a larger results-based programme for a broader cooperation in the field of human rights in Cambodia.
After having developed the programme, the Institute signed another agreement with Sida in January 2013 regarding Sida’s financial support to RWI’s Human Rights Capacity Development Programme in Cambodia 2013-2017. The Programme has two main objectives:
- To strengthen institutional capacities of selected academic institutions to develop and deliver high-quality human rights education and research as well as provide an academic platform for human rights debates and dialogue; and
- To strengthen the capacity of strategically selected government institutions to fulfil their obligations in accordance with international human rights standards.
An additional objective of the Programme is to contribute to the effective conduct of the Bilateral Dialogue on Human Rights between Cambodia and Sweden through independent advice and support.
The programme will start with a one-year pilot phase from 1 May 2013 to 30 April 2014. During the pilot phase the Institute will both implement small scale activities with selected partners in order to further assess the possibilities for broader cooperation and assess possibilities for cooperation with other institutions in Cambodia, in particular within the justice sector.
The programme strategies, expected results and proposed activities are based upon on-site assessments, consultations, discussions and planning meetings with selected institutions as well as lessons learned and best practices from RWI’s previous programmes in Asia and other parts of the world.
In order to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the Programme as well as build strong and strategic relationships with all concerned stakeholders, the programme will be managed from Cambodia.
For more information on the Institute’s cooperation in Cambodia, please contact: