In 2015, APLE received a Stars Impact Award from Stars Foundation, being recognised as an outstanding locally-led organisation dedicated to improving the lives of children and young people.
In 2017, APLE won another award (Child 10 Award 2017) in Stockholm, Sweden, among the top 10 frontline organisations across the three continents. Awardees for this award are activists who everyday strive to bring justice for marginalised children and ensure a brighter future for them.
Internet Hotline Cambodia (IHC) was established in 2015 with the support of INHOPE Foundation and the official launch was celebrated in 2016, dedicated to making online communities safer for children to use.
Run by APLE, IHC is one of the globally connected hotlines, providing a crucial link in the protective chain of interventions against child sexual abuse and exploitation, ensuring that the problem is investigated and if found to be illegal, for the information to be sent to law enforcement.
IHC offers a secure web based hotline for the public to report child sexual abuse material (CSAM) anonymously and coordinates notice/takedown actions with law enforcement and other hotlines to have illegal content removed and the matter investigated.
Key strategies include:
- Hotline (Notice and takedown of illegal content)
- Awareness raising and training
- Research and advocacy
IHC extensively works on awareness and educational campaigns focusing on raising a better awareness and understanding of online risks, safety measures and reporting of child sexual abuse material in order to empower children, parents/carers, professional and local communities with the right knowledge and strategies to stay safe and protect children from online issues.
IHC closely collaborates with the Anti Cyber Crime Department of Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior, other INHOPE hotlines and Internet industries (ISP, ESP, Webmaster, etc.) for notice and takedown of illegal content. IHC has joined the Safer Internet Day since 2017 to promote global campaigns by creating, connecting and sharing the awareness and educational messages and information.
The Hotline setup was funded by INHOPE Foundation and IHC current operations are mainly funded by ECPAT Sweden through Swedish Radio Aid and Terre des Hommes Netherlands.
Excellent awareness raising idea
“I have learned a lot from participating in the awareness event organized by IHC and I will spread the information across my youth network. The knowledge I’ve gained will shape the way I use and take advantage of the Internet.”