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International Law Protections for Minority Groups’ Right to Self-Identify

International law protects minority groups' right to self-identify in several key ways, confirms a new briefing paper released by Destination Justice today, "International Law on Minorities' Right to Self-Identify". The briefing paper explains that minority group protections stem from one core international law principle that states are prohibited from discriminating against a person on the basis of their race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

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...

Destination Justice welcomes the UN Human Rights Council adoption of a Resolution for an Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Geneva, 4 July 2016 – On 30 June 2016 the UN Human Rights Council, in its 32nd session, passed a ground-breaking resolution that will establish the first global-level Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transexual (LGBT) monitor in the form of an Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.  Through this historic appointment, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) reaffirms its commitment to eradicating violence and discrimination against LGBT people around the world. The resolution was introduced by the core seven Latin American countries and received support from more than 600 civil society organisations.  Among the HRC members, 23 states voted in favour of the resolution, 18 against with 6 abstaining. While this is not the first HRC resolution addressing sexual orientation and...

The UN Human Rights Committee raises serious concerns about the full implementation of freedom of expression and political participation in Kazakhstan

Geneva 23 June 2016 – On 22 and 23 June 2016 the UN Human Rights Committee – the body that monitors the implementation of the rights enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) – reviewed for the second time since Kazakhstan is a party to the ICCPR the status of civil and political rights in the country. The Government of Kazakhstan submitted its initial periodic report to the Committee in 2009 and was reviewed in 2011. Already at that time, the UN experts expressed concerns about the Government’s failure to implement the right to freedom of expression pretected under Article 19 of the ICCPR. The experts recommended Kazakhstan “to review its legislation on defamation and insults to ensure that it fully complies with the provis...

The Open Dialog Foundation and Destination Justice bring international attention to violations of freedom of expression in Kazakhstan

On 22-23 June 2016, the UN Human Rights Committee will consider the implementation of Kazakhstan’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).  Destination Justice and the Open Dialog Foundation presented the Committee with a report in which they drew the Committee’s attention to the gross violations in Kazakhstan of freedom of expression and dissemination of information – rights protected under the Covenant. Through the use of oppressive policies and legislations, Kazakhstan has unjustifiably restricted the right to freedom of expression and information of journalists, lawyers, human rights defenders and critics of the government and its representatives. By doing so, Kazakhstan has undermines the  essence of the right and violated ...

Destination Justice Finds Violations of Fair Trial Rights and Threats to the Freedom of Expression in Trial of Malaysian Human Rights Defender Lena Hendry

Phnom Penh, 14 April 2016 – Destination Justice released a report today documenting its findings following the monitoring of the trial of Malaysian human rights defender Lena Hendry, who was arrested, criminally charged, and acquitted in connection with the screening of the film “No Fire Zone: In The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka” (NFZ) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday 3 July 2013.   Destination Justice’s trial monitoring report expresses concerns as to the fairness of the December 2015 to February 2016 trial, highlighting a number of irregularities with regard to equality before the law, equality of arms, and several other basic principles of criminal justice and human rights, as well as the threat posed to freedom of expression in Malaysia by the Film Censorship Act. ...

Destination Justice releases “Cambodia at a Crossroads: On the Road to Rule of Law” documentary calling for a change in road behaviour

On Saturday, March 26, 2016, Destination Justice premiered its newest documentary, “Cambodia at a Crossroads: On the Road to Rule of Law” to the general public in a screening and talk at The Justice Cafe & Library in Phnom Penh.

Release of the Guide to Human Rights for LGBTQ in Cambodia

The ‘Guide to Human Rights for LGBTQ in Cambodia’, a collaboration between Destination Justice and Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK), has been released on 10 December 2015, and is now available online in English and in Khmer. The guide is available on chbab.net in English and in Khmer.

Australian Deterrence Policy towards Asylum Seekers in question

Geneva, Switzerland.  Destination Justice together with Franciscans International and Edmund Rice International presented a side-event on the “Human Rights of Asylum Seekers to Australia” during the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council, on 15 September 2015. The event was well attended and attracted the attention of a number of Permanent Missions including Australia, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Russia and the UK who sent representatives. Phil Glendenning, Director of the Edmund Rice Centre in Sydney and President of the Refugee Council of Australia addressed the meeting via Skype and was able to give the audience an insight into the Australian policy relating to the processing and detention of asylum seekers. He noted the emphasis on deterrence, rather than protection an...

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 ...

The Justice Café’s Grand Opening

The Justice Café & Library started with a simple idea: having a space so young people can have access to resources and share ideas to change the world. While we were running other projects, we invested our time and resources in actually building the café with our bare hands (and some tools!). Because this project is a cause close to our heart, we raised the bar high. We wanted to have a space that looked like us, that was really inviting and had all the equipment necessary to run a broad range of activities. It took us a year, some resources (a huge thank to our sponsor CFIDEV for the boost) and a lot of elbow grease (thanks to our fabulous team) to reach our goals.

Destination Justice Petitions the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in the Case of Mansur Mingelov

On 22 May 2015, Destination Justice filed a petition with the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) against the Government of Turkmenistan, calling for urgent action and the immediate release of Turkmen citizen and minority rights advocate Mansur Mingelov. The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights has supported Destination Justice’s efforts through its Justice Defenders Program, which coordinates pro bono legal support to human rights defenders.