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.
CHRAC’s Sub-Committee on Legislation (SCL) was created to thoroughly review and discuss relevant draft laws and draft sub-decrees, but also other government policies/regulations that may affect the interests and the fundamental freedom of the people. The SCL prepares comments or papers and submits those documents to the government or relevant legislative bodies for consideration. Through critical recommendations, CHRAC encourages the formulation of laws that help reduce practices of human rights violations in Cambodia. In particular circumstances, these activities are carried out in cooperation with other civil society organizations to strengthen advocacy strategies.
Current draft laws being reviewed and commented on by CHRAC’s SCL include the draft civil procedure code, the draft anti-corruption law, the draft law of peaceful assembly, the draft law on Amendment on the Law of Supreme Council of Magistracy. After providing thoughtful comments, a CHRAC delegation may be assigned to meet with relevant government officials together with other local and international NGOs leaders to ensure that those comments are welcomed and included in the draft laws.
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