Monitoring & Protection

Human Rights Legal Office

advocating for victims through the courts
Clients at hearing

The judiciary in Cambodia is corrupt and deteriorating, making it virtually useless as a tool for ordinary people to secure redress.

Authorities and well-connected elites also frequently abuse the court system, using criminal charges as a tool to intimidate, harass and demobilize human rights activists. Meanwhile, for many real crimes, impunity reigns: People of wealth and influence pay their way out of police custody and the courts.

A lack of legal aid lawyers in Cambodia means that victims of human rights abuses are often without legal representation, leaving them more vulnerable to the corrupt practices of the judiciary or grossly unfair out-of-court settlements.

In this challenging environment, the Human Rights Legal Office aims to assist human rights victims by providing professional and honest legal representation.

What we do