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Asia Foundation and CCHR Report “Human Trafficking Trials in Cambodia” Finds Victims’ Rights Need Increased Attention

Phnom Penh, September 7, 2010 — Cambodia is a source, transit, and destination country for human trafficking. The country was placed in the Tier 2 Watch List in the 2009 U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report. In efforts to combat this serious problem, The Asia Foundation today announced the availability of a report, “Human Trafficking Trials in Cambodia.” The Report is an output of the Cambodian Trial Monitoring Project, implemented by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and supported by The Asia Foundation.

The purpose of the project is to monitor human trafficking trials in Cambodia in order to assess their fairness, for both the victims and the accused, against fair trial standards; and to assess the impact of recent legal developments aimed at combating human trafficking, including the Law on the Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation 2008 (the “LHTSE”).

The Report contains data from 15 trials in which the accused were charged under the LHTSE, monitored in courts throughout Cambodia between 10th August and 31st December 2009. Reference is also made to non-LHTSE trials monitored at Phnom Penh Capital Court and Kandal Provincial Court during the same period.

For more than a decade, The Asia Foundation has been a leader in the fight against human trafficking in Asia by implementing country-specific programs and supporting regional workshops to share lessons on key trafficking issues.

In Cambodia, The Asia Foundation has implemented a Counter-Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) Program to strengthen the joint efforts of the Royal Government of Cambodia and civil society to combat trafficking. The Asia Foundation also supports a scholarship program for children vulnerable to trafficking in northwestern Cambodia.

Read the full report: “Human Trafficking Trials in Cambodia.”

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