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Note from the director of the Phnom Penh office

Hanna Johnsson

Hanna Johnsson

Senior Advisor on Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

Cell phone: +46 (0)46 222 12 05

Hanna joined the Institute in 2005 and has more than 15 years´ experience in policy dialogue and development cooperation in Human Rights and Rule of Law. She holds a Masters´ degree in Political Science from Lund University.

In 2011, she established RWI´s regional office in Amman, Jordan, and between 2018 and 2020 she held the position as Director of RWI´s office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Previous experience includes working for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the International Legal Assistance Consortium in Stockholm and the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights in Cambodia.

We've been involved with human rights in Cambodia since 2008.

Starting in 2013, we began implementing a large five-year human rights capacity development programme in the country to strengthen the environment for human rights promotion and protection. It focuses in particular on strengthening the capacity of academic institutions and justice sector institutions.

During the 2013-2017 programme we are supporting a number of universities.

The work includes:

  • providing targeted training courses for students and lecturers
  • supporting human rights curricula development
  • providing scholarships for human rights studies and fellowships in Cambodia and abroad
  • supporting academic human rights research and human rights libraries at universities
  • translating human rights material from English into Khmer
  • supporting academic human rights networks and facilitating contacts with regional and international universities and networks.

Lena Olsson, Senior Advisor to Library and Information, travelled to Cambodia in the spring of 2015 to do a training workshop in information retrieval for librarians, researchers, teachers and master students at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia and from the Royal University of Law and Economics.The Institute cooperates with many partners in Cambodia. These include:

  • Pannasastra University, where we support the development and implementation of a Master Programme in International Human Rights Law and the Law and Human Rights Library
  • Centre for the Studies of Humanitarian Law (CSHL) at Royal University of Law and Economics, where we supported the establishment and now the operation of CSHL, including conferences, research, library, scholarships and moot court competitions
  • Royal Academy for Judicial Profession (RAJP), where we support human rights courses for RAJP students (prosecutors, judges, court clerks)
  • Lawyer Training Centre (LTC) under the Bar Association of Kingdom of Cambodia, where we support the development and implementation of human rights course

The Institute cooperates with a number other institutions and organisations in Cambodia with the overall objective to strengthen the environment for human rights promotion and protection in Cambodia

In addition, we support several strategically selected individuals through scholarship opportunities, training courses, mentorship, and research support.

The Phnom Penh Office

Andreas Ljungholm

Andreas Ljungholm

Deputy Director of Programmes


Andreas holds both a Swedish LL.M and a Master in International Human Rights Law from Lund University. He has almost 20 years of experience working with human rights and has for more than half of that time been based at different duty stations abroad.

He joined RWI in 2003 having previously worked for the Human Rights Chamber of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo and OHCHR in Geneva. He has extensive experience working with human rights both within a development cooperation context and from an international court setting.

In 2005, he established RWI’s office in Jakarta, Indonesia and stayed as office director until 2007. Between 2007 and 2013 he was Head of RWI’s Asia Unit coordinating and developing the institute’s work in the region. In 2013, he established a RWI office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and stayed there as office director for almost five years. In 2018 he took up the position as Team Leader for Fair and Efficient Justice at the Institute’s headquarter in Lund, Sweden.

Sokrachana Ouk

Sokrachana Ouk

Finance Officer

Phone: +855 15 581 681

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.