Access to Justice

Cambodia – Justice Matters in 2017

Cambodia is uniquely placed to contribute to a dialogue on how the pursuit of international justice can strengthen local jurisprudential standards. Cambodia is one of two ASEAN countries that have signed and ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Moreover, it is one of the few countries ever to host a UN-backed yet domestic tribunal to prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, as it does at the ECCC. Capitalising on Cambodia’s unique position in this regard, Destination Justice has organised annual events, since 2014, celebrating International Justice Day. These events have aimed to raise awareness within Cambodia of domestic justice and promote fair, independent, and transparent justice. As a member of the NGO Coalition for the International Crimi...

Justice Matters Conference 2017 advocates for better legal aid and information

Phnom Penh – On 17 July 2017, on World Day for International Justice, celebrating the adoption of the Rome Statute, Destination Justice and the Ministry of Justice organised the Justice Matters Conference at the Cambodiana Hotel in Phnom Penh. The Conference’s objective was to empower policymakers, practitioners, academics and anyone interested in improving the Cambodian justice system by developing and facilitating tools and collaborations. Of the 114 people who attended the Conference, 75% thought the objectives of the Conference were met. Featuring discussions with experts and scholars from civil society, the royal family and the government, the conference included many panel discussions on various topics essential to justice in Cambodia.  The first panel discussion revolved aroun...

Access to Law & Justice: Destination Justice signs MoU with Transparency International Cambodia

After the success of the Justice Matters Conference in July 2017 highlighting the need to all work together for better justice in Cambodia, we are proud to announce the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with Transparency International Cambodia (TIC) setting access to legal information and improvement of justice as the main purpose of our collaboration with specific activities to unfold in 2016-2017.

Peace & Better Justice in Cambodia: Destination Justice & Youth for Peace sign MoU

Youth for Peace is a Cambodian NGO that offers education in peace, leadership, conflict resolution, and reconciliation to Cambodian’s Youth. Destination Justice and Youth for Peace (YFP) have been in contact since the end of 2013 and started to explore opportunities to work together. In 2014, we attended an event organised by YFP and started to record some footage in Kraing Ta Chan with the idea of eventually producing a documentary about the former Khmer rouge security. This is our pleasure to announce that we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Youth for Peace setting youth empowerment to promote peace and better justice in Cambodia as the main purpose of our collaboration with specific activities to unfold in 2016-2017. Photo Credit: Mural at the Kraing Ta Chan former K...

Destination Justice and Transparency international celebrate World Day for International Justice with Justice Matters Conference

‘The Justice Matters Conference aims to gather the community of changemakers to celebrate international justice and its importance for strengthening domestic justice in Cambodia. We look forward to collaborating with all parties to grow shared understanding of justice and a common way forward for all Cambodian people.’ Rodolphe Prom, President of Destination Justice ‘International Justice Day highlights the fundamental role the judiciary in Cambodia should play to ensure a stronger rule of law and better access to justice for all. We humbly urge all relevant stakeholders to reform the judiciary to ensure its independence and restore public trust.’ Preap Kol, Executive Director of Transparency International Cambodia On 15 July 2016, in honor of the World Day for  International Justice celeb...

Award Ceremony for “Outstanding reporting on Corruption in Cambodia 2015”

On Wednesday 22 July 2015, Transparency International Cambodia in cooperation with the Club of Cambodian Journalist launched the first journalism award ceremony for “Outstanding reporting on Corruption in Cambodia 2015”. The ceremony took place at the Himawari Hotel in Phnom Penh and aimed at rewarding and encouraging Cambodian journalists who are committed to fight corruption.   During the ceremony, Mr Ok Serei Sopheak, Transparency International Cambodia’s Board Chairman, first explained how corruption is widespread in the society and that it remains endemic among local politicians and officials.  He added that the utopian goal of a corruption-free society will be a challenging journey.  He insisted on the fact that “we all need to collaborate to eliminate it” – even if ...

Took on two new cases based in U​zbekistan and T​urkmenistan,​expanding our work on the E​thiopia c​ase and exploring the possibility of taking on a further case in Vietnam

Took on two new cases based in U​zbekistan and T​urkmenistan,​expanding our work on the E​thiopia c​ase and exploring the possibility of taking on a further case in Vietnam.​ This increased caseload is part of our planned expansion of the International Litigation Program,”Justice for All” and a deepened engagement with the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights’ Justice Defenders Program.

Press Release: The International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) with the expertise of Destination Justice Released its Monitoring Report of the Trials of the Cambodian Garment Workers Arrested in January 2014

On 26 September 2014, The International Senior Lawyers Project with the expertise of Destination Justice (ISLP) released a report documenting the findings of trial monitors who observed the cases of 23 Cambodian nationals who were arrested, criminally charged, and convicted in connection with the garment worker protests of January 2014. Please click here to read the full report and click here to read The ISLP press release.

Statement: Destination Justice Welcomes Action Taken by the Authorities Over the Two Brothers Charged with Torture and Acts of Cruelty in Prey Veng Province

[metaslider id=5121] Destination Justice welcomes the decision of the Prey Veng Provincial Court on 30 August 2014, to charge two brothers with torture and acts of cruelty after they allegedly held a 14-year old boy’s head repeatedly in a container of water. The unnamed boy was suspected by the brothers of stealing four coconuts from their property. Destination Justice trusts that due process will be followed in the brothers’ case and it will be conducted in a fair and transparent manner. A day after the initial incident took place in Pea Reang district, Prey Veng province, the two brothers – Heng Vanny, 28, and Heng Dane, 34 – were arrested on 29 August 2014, after Heng Dane posted a picture of the punishment to his Facebook account. The picture portrayed the boy with his hand...

Press Release: Destination Justice Files UN Complaint Against Serbian Government For Bytyqi Disappearances and Murders

Geneva, Switzerland – On behalf of the victims’ family, Silvia Palomba, Co-Director of Destination Justice’s Litigation Program; and Praveen Madhiraju, counsel for the family, filed a complaint (formally known as a General Allegation) with United Nations human rights mechanisms to demand Serbia’s compliance with its international obligation to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the disappearance and murder of brothers Ylli, Mehmet, and Agron Bytyqi. The General Allegation, submitted to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (“WGEID”) and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence (“Special Rapporteur”), follows the WGEID’s recent criticism of Serbia’s war-crimes record and Ser...

Training Workshop on Ways to Defend Defamation and Incitement Charges

[br] Destination Justice, in partnership with the East West Management Institute, is currently facilitating a series of training workshops for lawyers who provide legal aid services as part of Cambodia’s fledgling legal aid community. The three one-day workshops are designed to generate discussion about major issues lawyers face representing clients and to provide practical skills training to develop capacity for lawyers to represent clients in court. [br] On 27 June, Destination Justice consultants Natalie Matranga and Madeleine Forster hosted the second workshop titled: techniques to defend journalists, human rights defenders and members of community sector organisations. This session built on the first workshop, hosted on 31 May, which explored defence strategies to assist victims of hu...

Training Workshop on Defence Techniques to Assist Victims of Human Rights and Political Abuses

Professional development for lawyers is vital to enhance legal advocacy and promote the development of the rule of law in post-conflict nations such as Cambodia. Today, only a small number of lawyers provide free of charge legal aid services to Cambodians in need of legal assistance. On 31 May, Destination Justice led a hands-on, interactive training workshop for Cambodian legal aid lawyers on Defence Techniques to Assist Victims of Human Rights and Political Abuses with the support of the East West Management Institute (EWMI) and USAID.

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