Cambodia

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.

The Justice Café & Library Opens its Doors in Phnom Penh

On Friday, 3 July 2015, in a quiet corner of Phnom Penh, Destination Justice officially opened the doors to its new Justice Café & Library.  The café brings to life a simple concept: to support, connect, and inspire young people advocating for better justice in Cambodia. “In Cambodia, freedom of expression, association and thought are increasingly under threat.  The Justice Café & Library is our response to that: it’s a safe and participatory space where young people can meet and develop ideas that can change the world,” said Destination Justice’s President Mr. Rodolphe Prom. One way the Justice Café & Library hopes to inspire change is by providing access to resources.  This includes free wifi, tablets, and a physical/electronic library focused on human rights, rule of law, ed...

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 ...

Celebrating International Justice Day 2015 in Cambodia #JusticeMatters

17 July is widely known as International Justice Day.  It celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 1998. As of today, 123 States signed the Rome Statute thus recognizing the importance and the necessity of an independent and permanent International Criminal Court. The ICC is the first permanent international tribunal that has jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the gravest crimes: war crimes, genocide and crime against humanity. Since 11 April 2002, Cambodia is a Member to the Rome Statute, being one of the few Asian States to agree to the international criminal law principles. It signaled the government’s commitment to uphold the principles of justice protected by the Statute.     ...

ICIRD Conference 2015: Business and Human Rights in ASEAN: Case study of Cambodia

On 9-10 July 2015, the 4th International Conference on International Relations and Development was held at Mahidol University in Bangkok (Thailand). The ICIRD provides a platform for academic analysis and exchanges on ASEAN, as well as critically addressing issues of human rights, development, democracy, governance, peace, etc. in Southeast Asia from interdisciplinary perspectives. The forum is open to academics, researchers, graduates, civil society organisations, government officers and regional as well as international organisations. The 2015 Conference focused on “Traversing the next ASEAN: Challenges and prospects in Development, Democratisation, Human Rights and Peace”. The conference was hosted by the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies of Mahidol University and co-organised...

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.

Corruption Perceptions In Cambodian Small and Medium Enterprises

  Phnom Penh, 27 May 2015 – Transparency International Cambodia releases the first research report on corruption perceptions in Cambodian small and medium enterprises. Conducted by a team of Destination Justice over the course of six months under the guidance of Transparency International Cambodia, the research is based on desk research and interviews with one hundred chief executive officers, directors and general managers of SMEs. Check out TIC’s website for the press release and the link to the report.

KAS’s Law Talk March 2015: Cambodian Constitution Law – Implications for State Organisation and Basic Rights

Upon Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (KAS)’s invitation, around 30 Cambodian and International legal experts gathered last weekend in Sihanoukville to debate constitutional and rule of law reforms in Cambodia. This forum had two main objectives. The first one was to discuss the “Electoral, Parliamentary and Political Party Reform” as well as basic constitutional rights, their international foundations and legal enforcement in Cambodia. A special focus was given on the second day on the analysis of the newly adopted Electoral Law which was explained from the CPP’s perspective by H.E. Sik Bunhok, the CNRP’s perspective by H.E. Yem Ponhearith, and the civil society’s perspective by COMFREL.   The second objective for KAS was to gather the authors of the soon-to-be published “Handbook on the Dev...

One Week Intensive Practical Skills Training Course “Alternative Dispute Resolution & Access to Justice” at the Lawyer Training Center

On 23-27 February 2015, Destination Justice launched a training program titled “Alternative Dispute Resolutions & Access to Justice: Assisting Your Client Out of Court” for 54 lawyer students at the Lawyer Training Center in Phnom Penh.

Destination Justice and the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia renew MoU for two years

Destination Justice and the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC) renew their partnership for two years (2015-2016). While the first MoU was focused on Legal Education and the assistance to the Lawyer Training Centre, the extension adds a research and strategy component to assist the BAKC to develop its own solutions in regard to legal aid and continuing legal education. The signing of the MoU recognise the importance of role of the lawyers and the commitment of the BAKC to promote rule of law and reduce inequalities.

Monitored the trial in the Phnom Penh Municipal Court of 2​4 Cambodian garment factory workers and labour rights activists arrested

Monitored the trial in the Phnom Penh Municipal Court of 2​4 Cambodian garment factory workers and labour rights activists arrested while demonstrating for better g​arment factory working conditions, and drafted a report co­authored with the International Senior Lawyers Project. Publication of the 40 ­page trial monitoring report was widely publicised.