The Cambodia Programme
Our work in Cambodia focuses on the young generation that are supposed to become future decision-makers in companies, politics and administration. We do this through close cooperation with universities, research centres and judicial training academies. We provide scholarships with a special focus on young female students from disadvantaged background.
We have a strong added value in Cambodia. No other organisation implements such a comprehensive programme focusing on human rights education and research at academic institutions.
Keeping in mind the entire educational system was ruined during the Khmer Rouge 1975-1979, and the fact that over 70% of the Cambodian population is below 30 years of age, the focus on the next generation of decision-makers is highly relevant.
Since 2013, RWI Cambodia has been implementing a human rights capacity development programme aimed at strengthening the environment for human rights promotion and protection in Cambodia.
The Programme aims to strengthen:
- institutional capacities of selected academic institutions to develop and deliver high-quality human rights education and research as well as providing an academic platform for human rights debates and dialogue.
- young female law students through scholarships and additional capacity building
- research capacities on human rights
Since the beginning, we have supported numerous different institutions. For example, we have provided targeted human rights courses for students and lecturers, supported the development of human rights curricula and syllabi, provided scholarships for human rights studies and fellowships in Cambodia and abroad, supported academic human rights research, supported human rights libraries at universities and translated human rights material from English into Khmer.
What We Have Achieved
- Establishment of a Master Programme in International Human Rights Law in cooperation with Pannasastra University of Cambodia.
- Establishment of the Centre for the Studies of Humanitarian Law, which is an academic research centre with full-time researchers and a specialised library at the Royal University of Law and Economics.
- Compulsory and credited human rights courses as part of the standard curriculum for all prosecutor, judge and court clerk students at the Royal Academy of Judicial Profession.
- Increased the pool of Cambodian human rights experts for teaching and research.
The Programme was externally reviewed at the end of 2016. The report from the review concluded that:
“…the programme is highly relevant in the Cambodian context, […] it is well managed and effective in delivering output- and outcome results, and […] the office in Phnom Penh has been a central component for the programme’s success to date”.
“The added value of RWI in Cambodia clearly lies in its experience and expertise in supporting academic institutions on human rights and humanitarian law, as well as in its non-monitoring mandate and ability to navigate highly complex political environments. This requires a high degree of analytical capacity, diplomatic skill and principled integrity. With a clear understanding of this organisational identity and added value, RWI has managed to find a unique space in an otherwise overcrowded NGO environment”
The programme and the office is financially supported by Swedish Development Cooperation.
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Cambodia Programme Staff
Marinet Sim is Programme Officer at RWI’s office in Cambodia.
Mostafa holds a Master degree in Human Rights Law from Pannasastra University of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. For the past 15 years Mostafa has coordinated programmes in the areas of human rights, democracy and sustainable development in Cambodia. He has focused particularly on civil society and human rights of women and has vast experience of coordinating and monitoring Sida-funded programmes. Previously, he worked for Forum SYd, GIZ, CAMP, EIYAC and OIYP.
Seila holds three master degrees from different countries, LLM from South Korea and Master in Human Rights and Democratisation from University of Sydney-Australia and Mahidol University-Thailand. Before taking up his current position as programme officer at RWI’s office in Cambodia in September 2013 he worked in various positions in several human rights organization in Cambodia, including International Justice Mission (IJM), UNICEF and East-West Management Institute-Programme on Rights and Justice (EWMI-PRAJ).
Rachana holds a Bachelor degree of Finance and Banking from National University of Management with almost 20 years of experience working in Administration, Finance and Human Resource with a different donors.
She joined RWI in 2014 and works as a Finance Officer at the RWI Office in Phnom Penh. Before joining RWI, Rachana worked for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as Administrative and Finance Officer.
In 2008 – 2013 Rachana was a Senior Assistant Project Coordinator at Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE). From 2006 to 2008 she was a Human Resource Support Assistant with CARE International Organization and another five years she worked with Japan International Company as General Affairs / Secretary.
Rachana Nary has recently joined the RWI Phnom Penh Office as an intern.
She has recently graduated in International Relations from Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) and has been involved in some projects with Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) in Cambodia.
Rachana can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sokchea is an intern working at the RWI Cambodia office. He began his internship in January of 2022. He already has a good understanding of human rights topics and has joined a couple of moot court competitions in the past.
With that, Sokchea will provide support and be assigned tasks contributing to the overall work of the RWI Cambodia office, including research, reviews, and analysis on human rights and international humanitarian law issues and administrative tasks in the context of human rights workshop planning, conference, and meetings. He will cooperate closely to assist the supervisor and staff members at the Cambodia office.
Ms. Reachnithor Oum is a young professional female working to advocate around the issue of youth participation, social inclusion, gender issues, and well-being for seven years including four years and a half of professional experience. She has also been actively involved in public sharing and training on gender, project cycle management, project design, and campaign creation.
Currently, she is a gender focal person and Junior Programme Officer at RWI in Cambodia, located in Phnom Penh. Most likely, she is working with LGBTIQ activity, female students network, human rights academy and English Language Based Bachelor of Law Programscholarship program to the Royal University of Law and Economics. As part of her ultimate goal, she created a gender movement in Cambodia in December 2020 called “Breakthrough Movement”. The Breakthrough movement aims to promote gender equality in Cambodia through storytelling and sharing of experiences. Before joining RWI, She was a project coordinator at the Cambodia Center for Independent Media and a gender focal point for three years under the “Voices for Gender Equality” project funded by EU.