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CCHR to receive fair trial rights grant

The World Justice Project announced the recipients of its World Justice Challenge grants this week, tapping the Cambodian Center for Human Rights to produce a series of videos meant to bolster the public’s understanding of fair trial rights.

CCHR project coordinator Duch Piseth said Wednesday that while the amount of the grant has not been finalised, it will be somewhere in the range of $15,000 to $25,000.

According to the WJP, CCHR will produce four videos educating the public on their rights in court in the hopes that greater knowledge among average Cambodians of their legal rights will generate more broad-based support for judicial reform.

“Without popular support for reforms, civil society and donors’ initiatives will continue to have a limited impact,” the WJP said in a statement.

CCHR’s Piseth agreed with the sentiment.

“When many people know of their rights, or what they’re entitled to in the courts, then the court and the government need to…improve the administration of justice,” he said. “Those people who are victims will express their voice if their rights are violated, and the government will need to listen to those voices.”

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