Problem and Context
Despite notions of progress in Cambodia, endemic corruption exists throughout all the organs of the state and violations of human rights are commonplace. Namely, the systematic abuse of citizen's fundamental freedoms, rights and access to land and natural resources, labor rights and the threat of being criminalized for asserting those rights.
It is critical that affected citizens know their legal rights and can voice complaints when abuses occur, but communities are limited in their ability to both receive and deliver information and to access platforms for community advocacy. Lack of freedom of information, expression and association, in particular, severely limits the capacity and means of citizens to raise their voice widely to duty bearers and stakeholders about the issues that are directly affecting them.
In direct response to the lack of access to information and lack of capacity to participate recognized during community consultation, the ICTU was created as a cross cutting method to be used across all programs. Beginning in June 2013, ICTU activities have included services such as e-awareness, e-education and e-advocacy in land, labor and human rights, fundamental freedoms, and access to justice, as well as serves as a means for safe and secured communications for at-risk human rights defenders. Target groups receive, produce, and disseminate information providing them with capacity and voice.