I am, Nhek Sarin, Executive Director of the Community Legal Education Center (CLEC), would like to present you about CLEC, the contexts within which it operates, and new updates on recent developments in Cambodia.
As a person survived different regimes and the Khmer Rouge nightmare, I have seen Cambodia throughout its history has gone through different political systems of ruling the
country. The Paris Peace Agreement 1991 was the effective instrument for Cambodian people to rebuild the Nation. It laid down an important framework for peace building, national reconciliation, democracy, and respect for human rights in Cambodia. It has opened up to the outside world- it has been moved from a centrally-planned economy to a market economy. It has made impressive strides in economic growth in recent years. However, one third of the population still lives in severe poverty. And there is an increasing gap between the rich and the poor-so benefits of the economic growth have yet translated into better living standards for many Cambodian people. Cambodian men and women especially in rural and remote areas of the country are experiencing side effects-negative impacts of globalization especially when promoting economic growth at all costs. As a result, rights of vulnerable people, the already impoverished men and women have been severely threatened and violated by the rich and powerful interests-abuse of power and malfunctioning rule of law-human rights violation.
In response to the contexts and the needs of the communities we serve, CLEC undertakes legal empowerment activities which include: legal awareness, legal training, legal assistance and other capacity development and support for the communities.
I encourage you to visit our website to learn about current human rights situations and its involvements in addressing the issues on rights to access to land and natural resources, labor rights, access to justice and good governance issues.
Please explore our website to see the many ways we can assist you in understanding the issues and how we all can serve better the communities.
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The Community Legal Education Center (CLEC) was created in 1996 as a legal resource center, promoting the rule of law, justice, and democracy in Cambodia. CLEC legal empowerment activities combine legal awareness, training, legal aid services and advocacy supports. Its training is designed for a wide range of target groups including local communities and NGOs. CLEC has been involved in advocacy on a number of significant law reform issues including the 2001 Land Law, the sub-decree on indigenous communal land titling, establishment of the Arbitration Council, the election dispute resolution process, the drafting of the Peaceful Assembly Law, and commentary and review of numerous pieces of legislation.
Since 2004, CLEC has embarked on a major project of high impact public interest legal advocacy, particularly in the areas of land and natural resources and labor. Legal representation, legal defense and consultation are becoming even more crucial as tools to support legal empowerment both in the improvement and assertion of the rights of communities and in law and policy development and enforcement.
From 1996 to 2001, CLEC operated as an arm of the University of San Francisco School of Law, funded by USAID. In December 2001, it became a locally registered NGO. Since its establishment, CLEC has educated over five thousand Cambodians on different subjects of law through its "certificate in law" program. CLEC has also produced a legal text-book series, which represent some of the only Cambodian legal texts on a wide range of subjects.
In the value and dignity of all people and that every individual deserves respect and fundamental rights;
That all people have the capacity to learn and to participate in activities for improving democracy and social harmony;
That good governance is the most important instrument to promote development and eradicating poverty
The Cambodian People live in a society under the rule of law; in peace and social harmony.
CLEC builds legal capacity and provides legal aid and other appropriate supports to empower Cambodian citizens, communities and their members vulnerable to and victims of rights violation to demand respect of human rights and justice, and to promote good governance, democracy, equitable development, peace and social harmony.