Wednesday, December 9, 2009

EU donates 1.3 mln USD for human rights work in Cambodia

The European Union said Wednesday it will donate another new EC funding of around 900,000 euros (about 1.3 million U.S. dollars) for human rights projects in Cambodia.

In a statement released by the EU delegation to Cambodia, the EU said the new funding is made just on the day that marks the 61st International Human Rights Day.

"The rule of law is the foundation of any healthy society," said Rafael Dochao Moreno, Charg d'Affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Cambodia.

"The EU attaches great importance to civil society as a partner in driving the country toward the respect for human rights and functioning democracy," he said.

In support to human rights actions in Cambodia, the EU has provided in grants a total of around 10 million U.S. dollars since 2003, implemented by some 20 international and national NGOs.

Six new human rights projects selected for funding will be signed on Dec. 17, including Legal Aid of Cambodia, Cambodian Anti Trafficking Networks and Royal University of Law, etc.


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