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Legal aid is a core activity of the Cambodian Defenders Project. In particularly, the legal aid is very important project in transitional countries. Without legal aid, the legal and judicial reform cannot be done effectively and the democracy cannot be realized. But it is unpopular for donors and very hard to find fund for legal aid....

Mr. SOK Sam Oeun

SOK Sam Oeun is a famous lawyer in Cambodia. He has joined CDP since its begining in March 1994 and selected as the Executive Director of CDP since early 1995. He wrote many books and police training curriculum and organized many law and legal skill training courses for CDP. Since 1997, CDP trained around 10,000 police, prosecutors, lawyers and human rights activists.


Visions, Mission of CDP's Leadership

Everybody needs JUSTICE. We do not believe that only the rich men and high rank officials do not need justice. The law must be implemented and applied equally. Everybody must be equal before the law.

Wherever there is pressure, there is potential for revolution. But, Cambodian had enough armed revolution over the last thirty plus years. We need a peaceful revolution or revolution of pen. We should change Cambodia by legal reform not armed forces.

The human rights of all Cambodians are respected and protected by the institutions of a liberal democracy and the rule of law.

We work with many of partners to promote the full range of human rights for all Cambodian people by providing legal representation to the poor and vulnerable, and by strengthening the institutions required for a liberal democracy and for the rule of law.


Here are the list of Poems written by CDP Director, Mr. SOK Sam Oeun, and some Staff. All are in Khmer. Some of them have english translation.


What We Do!

Core activity of CDP is legal aid. CDP represents and advocates for poor and vulnerable people in civil and criminal cases, free of charge for over thirteen years, enabling them to have access to the justice system and ability to enforce their rights. Since its inception in early 1994, CDP lawyers have handled more than then thousand cases.

People of a village coming to CDP for help.
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