The Child Rights Coalition Cambodia (CRC-Cambodia), formerly the non-governmental organization (NGO) Coalition on the Rights of the Child (NGOCRC), was founded in 1994 with an alliance of 60 national and international NGOs focused on child rights. The vision of CRC-Cambodia is that “Every child freely enjoys and exercises their rights with dignity, and reaches their full potential”. The mission of CRC-Cambodia is to realize the rights of children through upholding the accountability of duty-bearers to implement policy commitments and increase investments to respect, protect, and fulfill the rights of children. The coalition also commits to promoting children’s rights through the values of accountability, mutual respect, cooperation, transparency, and non-discrimination.
CRC-Cambodia’s Main Activities
The coalition has a long history of working in Cambodia to promote and protect children’s rights, including advocating and ensuring support for the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) through awareness-raising, monitoring its implementation, cooperating with member organizations, and networking with relevant agencies. CRC-Cambodia is in line with Article 45 of the CRC, affirming the crucial role of civil society in monitoring implementation of children’s rights. CRC-Cambodia has played an important role in this regard, utilizing the UN human rights mechanisms and bodies, especially the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), and Special Rapporteurs, to monitor and report on the situation of children’s rights in Cambodia.
Partnership with Ponlok Chomnes
Funded by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through The Asia Foundation, CRC-Cambodia is implementing a research project titled “Youth Volunteerism, Digital Literacy, and Community Development: The Case of the Volunteering for My Community (VMC) Program in Cambodia and Adolescent and Youth Reference Group (AYRG) Road Map” in eight provinces. The research seeks to understand how youth volunteerism and digital literacy can help build soft skills and allow them to contribute to community development on various issues including climate change awareness raising and adaption. The research will also contribute to the implementation of the ongoing policy on youth volunteerism in Cambodia and the AYRG road map, and more directly, to the building of a National Youth Volunteerism Program, which is currently run by the General Department of Youth, through the VMC program.
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