Grassroots Support Programhelping communities help themselves
Grassroots network gathering in Phnom Penh
In the face of a surge in land grabbing and other human rights abuses, Cambodians have grown increasingly organized and vocal in demanding their rights.
Unfortunately, recourse is not always available via official channels. The perpetrators of land grabs and human rights violations are often well-connected and operate with impunity. Recourse to the notoriously corrupt and politically obedient judiciary is rarely an option. For most Cambodians, the only avenues that offer the prospect of success may be organizing a community group, publicly protesting and taking individual action – but this of course carries significant risks. Community leaders may be arrested, intimidated, assaulted and even killed.
This is where LICADHO has stepped in, with a program designed to provide legal assistance, monitoring, protection and capacity building services to unions, grassroots groups and affected communities.
What we do
- Provide protection and legal services to unions, grassroots groups and communities by land grabbing or other human rights abuses to provide protection
- Enhance the capacity of grassroots groups to campaign and advocate for human rights
- Assist in organizing grassroots events, such as gatherings to mark major human rights-themed holidays, community assemblies, and campaigns to effect specific improvements in the human rights landscape