Southeast-Asia

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...

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.

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.

Attending the ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN People’s Forum Malaysia 2015: Reclaiming the ASEAN Community for the People

Background – For its tenth anniversary, the ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN People’s (ACSC/APF) gathered around 1,500 representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs) from 11 countries (the ten ASEAN countries plus Timor-Leste) on 21-24 April 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The purpose of the ACSC/APF is to deliver a joint statement and recommendations for the ASEAN Leaders regarding the ASEAN Summit which are submitted to the ASEAN Secretariat and the government representatives even if these recommendations could not be delivered during open spaces for dialogue scheduled with ASEAN Leaders. Malaysia, as ASEAN Chair country for 2015, decides to focus this year talks on a “people oriented and people centered ASEAN”. This theme carried a lot of questions during the ACSC/APF...