On September 12th, 2019, at the Ministry of Interior of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s headquarters in Phnom Penh, Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE Cambodia) and the Ministry of Interior signed a Memorandum of Understanding titled “Participation in Humanitarian Activities in the Kingdom of Cambodia”.
The MoU represents both establishments’ mutual endorsements of efforts towards protecting Cambodia’s children and their compromise to continue doing so in harmonious cooperation for the coming 5 years.
Both parties agreed to sign the MoU with the purpose of strengthening cooperation in the prevention, suppression, rescue, protection and prosecution of all forms of human trafficking, child abuse and sexual exploitation, and strengthen the responsiveness of government institutions in the field of criminal justice, especially the Departments and the Office of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection, Capital-Provinces.
Among other commitments, APLE Cambodia is to continue to collect preliminary information on suspected cases of child sexual abuse and exploitation and share it with the National Police, operate the 24/7 internet and telephone for the public to report suspicious behavior and participate in the rescue process while providing social and legal support to victims and families.
The Ministry of Interior, among other duties stated in the MoU, is to cooperate in the organization of training for police officials to increase their capacity in the investigation of cases related to child sexual abuse and exploitation, as well as to respond to the best of their abilities to cases of child sexual abuse and exploitation reported by APLE Cambodia. The police will share information with APLE in order to assist victim identification and rescue.