Cambodia

Cambodia: 2013 Election Analysis – A Practical Perspective

The provisional results of the 2013 elections have been announced, with Minister of Information, Khieu Kanharith declaring a victory for the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP). In the statement released on Sunday night, the Minister announced that the ruling party had won 68 of the National Assembly’s 123 seats, whilst the main opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) won 55 seats, although this figure varies. But what do the provisional results mean in relation to the formation of the new Government? Are they definitive? Can the CNRP challenge the result based on the alleged irregularities? When will the new Government officially be formed? Destination Justice takes a practical look at the Cambodian Elections 2013. Background Khieu Kanharith’s statement cut through the con...

2012 Destination Justice Annual Rule of Law Report

Destination Justice has today released a Report on Rule of Law in Cambodia, focusing on 2012. This report provides insight into the challenges and progress in developing the rule of law in Cambodia in the past year by outlining the most significant rule of law developments that occurred. In particular, the 2012 report features land titling issues, Beehive radio owner Mam Sonando’s trial, main opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s possible return before the upcoming 2013 national elections, the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Cambodia, and more. The Cambodian Annual Rule of Law Report is intended to reach a global community of law practitioners and students, the report focuses on areas of justice, law making and implementation, violations and improvements concerning human rights standards.

Cambodia: the electoral process

Background In 1991, after having suffered of civil war for about two decades, the Cambodian political system marked a new turning point. All belligerents signed the Paris Peace Agreement, whose main purposes were to establish a ceasefire and hold democratic elections. It is no later than September 21, 1993 that a democratic Constitution was adopted. Under article 78 of Cambodian Constitution, the elections are held every five years. The Government is borned by the National assembly and shall be held accountable to this same body. Celebrating its 20 years this year, the 1993 Cambodian Constitution already saw the general elections being held four times, and will insure that the July, 28 2013 general elections will be held democratically. In order to better understand the electoral process i...

Drafted a report on “Access to Justice for Children” in Cambodia filed to the U​N Committee on the Rights of the Child

Drafted a report on “Access to Justice for Children” in Cambodia filed to the U​N Committee on the Rights of the Child.​ This report, drafted on behalf the NGO Coalition on the Rights of the Child, was based on extensive interviews we conducted with government officials and NGO representatives, detailed Cambodian children’s experience with criminal justice and outlined several areas for improvement.

Coordination de rendez­-vous entre le Président de l’Association du Barreau Américain et plusieurs o​rganisations clés de la société civile cambodgienne

Coordination de rendez­-vous entre le Président de l’Association du Barreau Américain et plusieurs o​rganisations clés de la société civile cambodgienne. C​es rendez­-vous faisaient partie d’une mission exploratoire dont le but était de déterminer dans quelle mesure l’Association du Barreau Américain pourrait assister les défenseurs des droits de l’homme cambodgiens.

Coordinated meetings of the American Bar Association president with several k​ey Cambodian civil society organisations

Coordinated meetings of the American Bar Association president with several k​ey Cambodian civil society organisations.​ These meetings were part of the president’s fact­-finding mission to determine whether and how the American Bar Association would be able to provide assistance to Cambodian human rights defenders.

Published a series of articles on the Cambodian national elections

Published a series of articles on the Cambodian national elections and their tense aftermath,which featured widespread demonstrations. Explaining the electoral process and relevant human rights, the articles were widely viewed on our website, and one was featured on Oxford University’s Human Rights Hub and later published in Oxford’s Global Perspectives on Human Rights anthology.

Delivered a free training on professional skills to the C​hea Sim University of Kamchaymear in the Cambodian provinces Prey Veng and Kampong Cham

Delivered a free training on professional skills to the Chea Sim University of Kamchaymear in the Cambodian provinces Prey Veng and Kampong Cham. This training engaged approximately 200 female and male provincial university students in a day-­long workshop series on offering practical skills training in areas including CV writing, public speaking and advocacy, professional writing, and using technology.

Réalisation d’une semaine des éminaires sur l’arbitrage international au Cambodge en partenariat avec l​a Cour Permanente d’Arbitrage et l​e Ministère de la Justice Cambodgien

Réalisation d’une semaine des éminaires sur l’arbitrage international au Cambodge en partenariat avec l​a Cour Permanente d’Arbitrage et l​e Ministère de la Justice Cambodgien. C​ette série de séminaires a permis de réunir des membres de la communauté cambodgienne d’arbitrage pour discuter de l’application des bonnes pratiques internationales au Cambodge. Cet événement était le premier engagement de la CPA au Cambodge.

Delivered a week ­long international arbitration workshop in Cambodia in partnership with the P​ermanent Court of Arbitration a​nd the C​ambodian Ministry of Justice

Delivered a week ­long international arbitration workshop in Cambodia in partnership with the P​ermanent Court of Arbitration a​nd the C​ambodian Ministry of Justice.​ This workshop engaged a cross­-section of members of the Cambodian arbitration community in discussions on the applicability of international arbitration best practice in Cambodia and was the Court’s first engagement in Cambodia.

Cambodia gets ready for a Week Seminar with the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Next week, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) the world’s preeminent arbitration institution will host an international arbitration workshop series attended by delegates from Cambodian government institutions, and academics and students. This series has been organised by the PCA in partnership with the Phnom Penh office of the organisation Destination Justice. The workshop series will take place between Monday, January 21 and Friday, January 25 and feature in-depth discussions between delegates and PCA officials on the the nature and advantages of international arbitration. In particular, it will  explain the role of the PCA and is intended to enhance cooperation between the Court and the Cambodian government. These workshops will be attended by some 55 government officials and preem...

First Participation of International Relations students in Moot Court Competition in Cambodia

The weekend of the 10th and 11th of November, four International Relations program’s students coached by Destination Justice’s consultants participated for the first time in the International Committee of the Red Cross Moot Court Competition annually held at the Royal University of Law and Economics for the last ten years. Ieng Sengheng (22), Lay Daro (22), Lek Sothy (21) and Lim Sreynith (21), soon-to-be the first graduates from the International Relations program trained intensively for three weeks as part of Destination Justice’s Legal Higher Education Assistance program. The International Relations program is the first pilot education program where Destination Justice’s consultants are involved. In addition to the International Humanitarian Law course taught by Céline Martin, the four ...