Promotion & Advocacy

Grassroots Support Program

helping communities help themselves
Radio talk show
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.

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