Systematic trial monitoring in Cambodia

Systematic trial monitoring in Cambodia 17 October 2013

Monitors use checkists for review; database enables dialogue with judiciary

The lack of quality data and analysis has contributed to difficulties in achieving judicial reform in Cambodia. Without the necessary data and systematic analysis, it is difficult for NGOs to advocate for reform because there is no concrete evidence to demonstrate to the public or to the authorities to that there is a need for change.

In order to address this problem, the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights’ (CCHR) Trial Monitoring Project has been monitoring criminal trials in Cambodia since August 2009 to assess their adherence to international and Cambodian fair trial standards and publically report on the data collected. The findings are thoroughly analyzed and used in evidence-based advocacy towards substantive legal and judicial reform at all levels of the domestic court system.

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