The Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC) is a coalition of 22 NGO members. It was created in Phnom Penh in 1994 by a group of local NGOs and associations working for the promotion and the respect of human rights, democracy and rule of law in Cambodia.
Land disputes and forced evictions are nowadays among of the most pressing human rights issues in Cambodia. In the last few years, many predominantly poor and rural Cambodian people, indigenous persons, and other vulnerable communities have been increasingly deprived of their rights to land and rights to adequate housing. Therefore, CHRAC and its member organizations’ activities aim at upholding the rights to adequate housing and adequate living as recognized in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which was ratified by the Government of Cambodia in 1992.
Accordingly, the scope of CHRAC’s work in the field of land rights includes land disputes, land grabbing, and forced eviction provoked by government officials, economically powerful persons, or private companies. In doing so, CHRAC and its member organizations have assisted victims of both land grabbing and of economic land concessions granted by the Royal Government to private companies, in many provinces of Cambodia such as Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri, Kratie, Stung Treng, Kampot, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Siem Reap.Victims whose land rights have been violated and are in need of assistance can get in contact with relevant member organizations, such as ADHOC, CDP, LAC, KKKHRO, KKKHRDA, and VIGILANCE.
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