Menghoin Hok

Indigenous Land Rights Project Coordinatorat NGO Forum on Cambodia

Active in Country: Cambodia

DTP Alumnus: 2013 Indigenous Peoples Program - Cambodia

The DTP program contributed to strengthen my capacity and knowledge on human rights standard and UN mechanisms and provided practical advice to engage with this system effectively to promote and protect human rights, especially working for poor and vulnerable people who are suffering from development projects in Cambodia

Menghoin Hok is an alumnus of the 2013 DTP Program. He works for the NGO Forum on Cambodia and is currently coordinating the implementation of a project on “Community Rights on Hydropower Development “. 

Menghoin plays a facilitating role with the Indigenous People and Forestry Network (IPFN), an organisation of 42 NGOs collectively advocating for the protection of Indigenous peoples’ land tenure. Menghoin was able to mobilize civil society organizations (CSOs) and promote their requests for Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and proper consultations prior to Economic Land Concessions (ELCs) grants, mining concessions and other development projects. A key objective of this project involved the mitigation/elimination of the negative impacts flowing from unrestrained development projects upon Indigenous communities.  

One of his earlier action research policy-development studies investigated the gap in knowledge and capacity of Indigenous peoples and their institutions with regards to their participation in collective land title processes.

Menghoin is now responsible for the coordination of over 50 NGOs in a combined effort to ensure sustainable and responsible government policies with regards to hydropower dam projects. Taking the welfare of the entire community into primary consideration, Menghoin is seeking the implementation of ecologically sound, transparent and sustainable measures that account for the communities affected by existing and future hydropower development projects. A central component of his work involves the development of fair and equitable agreements between government and communities. 

 

Profile written August 2016