Access to Justice

The Justice Matters Conference 2018 promotes better Access to Justice in Cambodia

The Justice Matters Conference (JMC) is an annual event, usually organized in July for the celebration of International Justice Day. The conference gathers NGOs, CSOs, policy makers, legal practitioners, academics, as well as young professionals and students. The JMC is a platform allowing all of these actors to come together to engage in collaborative efforts such as discussions and debates, all revolving around justice in Cambodia. Due to the National Elections last July, we decided to hold this year’s conference, co-organised with Transparency International Cambodia, on the 7th December 2018 at the National University of Management, which also enabled us to use the event as an occasion to celebrate and highlight International Anti-Corruption Day. The JMC had five different panels; three...

Press Release: Justice Matters Conference Calls For Better Access to Justice in Cambodia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Phnom Penh, 6 December 2018 // On Friday 7 December 2018, Destination Justice is hosting its annual Justice Matters Conference at the National University of Management in Phnom Penh, co-hosted together with Transparency International Cambodia. The Justice Matters Conference has been facilitated by the support of the National University of Management, the European Union, the French Embassy and the Swedish Embassy, Its objective is to empower policymakers, practitioners, academics and anyone interested in improving the Cambodian justice system by developing and facilitating tools and collaborations. The conference will feature discussions by experts from government and civil society on a myriad of topics essential to better justice in Cambodia. The day will be split in...

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...

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.     ...

Destination Justice attends Open Data Day in Phnom Penh

On Saturday the 22nd of February, Destination Justice participated in Open Data Day to raise support for the adoption of open data policies that allow the use, reuse and redistribution of public information. The event organised by Open Knowledge Foundation gathered citizens from across the globe to demonstrate the utility of open data by liberating data, writing proposals, creating visualisations and publishing analyses of open data. The purpose of these presentations was to promote the wide sweeping benefits of democratising knowledge in various forms – including government data, publicly funded research and public domain cultural content. In Phnom Penh, Destination Justice gathered at the event to share the benefits of providing free access to legal information in Cambodia. Preside...

Update on the Legal and Institutional Framework for the Protection of All Persons Deprived of their Liberty

Summary A person is deprived of his or her liberty when he or she is detained, either lawfully or unlawfully. Over ten million people are currently detained around the world by means of incarceration or imprisonment. However, other forms of detention include institutionalization for mental health reasons and detention due to migrant status. The failure to adequately protect the rights of those deprived of their liberty is a major roadblock in providing equal access to justice to all people. Whether a deprivation of liberty is arbitrary or legitimate, international human rights laws, standards, and other mechanisms provide certain protections to those deprived of their liberty. These protections aim to prevent abuses of those who have been deprived of their liberty, such as torture, neglect...

Alternative Report on Access to Justice for Children in Cambodia

Destination Justice prepared an alternative report on ‘Access to Justice for Children in Cambodia’ for the Cambodian NGO Coalition for the Rights of the Child (NGOCRC) during the last week of September 2013. This report was then submitted by the NGOCRC to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on behalf of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The purpose of this report was to examine and assess the situation of access to justice for children in Cambodia including defendants, victims and witnesses alike. The research undertaken in order to complete the report included a comprehensive desk survey of all applicable laws, both international and domestic, and participatory research including a series of interviews with representatives of Civil Society Organisations (...