Cambodia

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...

Press Release: Launch of the Annotated Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia

Phnom Penh – On 5 December 2017, Destination Justice launched the First Edition of the Annotated Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia at the National University of Management in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Destination Justice is working since 7 years to highlight jurisprudences and Cambodian laws for the use of legal professionals and citizens. After the publication of the Annotated Cambodian Code of Criminal Procedure in 2014, Destination Justice chose to develop this legal culture, annotating the fundamental law: the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia. The First Edition of the Annotated Cambodian Constitution has been made possible thanks to the support of many collaborators who have helped develop it, with notable contributions from His Excellency Hor Peng, His Excellency Taing ...

Justice Matters Conference 2017 advocates for better legal aid and information

Phnom Penh – On 17 July 2017, on World Day for International Justice, celebrating the adoption of the Rome Statute, Destination Justice and the Ministry of Justice organised the Justice Matters Conference at the Cambodiana Hotel in Phnom Penh. The Conference’s objective was to empower policymakers, practitioners, academics and anyone interested in improving the Cambodian justice system by developing and facilitating tools and collaborations. Of the 114 people who attended the Conference, 75% thought the objectives of the Conference were met. Featuring discussions with experts and scholars from civil society, the royal family and the government, the conference included many panel discussions on various topics essential to justice in Cambodia.  The first panel discussion revolved aroun...

A shrinking space for Human Rights Defenders in Asia

Phnom Penh, Monday 29 May – Today, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders, Michel Forst, had an unofficial visit in Phnom Penh at Heinrich Böll Stiftung. Mr. Frost gave a brief overview and explained various trends and situations of Human Rights Defenders across the world and the region of Southeast Asia. Mr. Forst discussed new trends where governments are now implementing and creative laws to criminalize activities of Human Rights Defenders and reduce spaces for civil societies. In addition, Mr. Forst emphasized the importance of a gendered analysis to his work, as women Human Rights Defenders (in addition to LGBTIQ defenders) are usually at a higher risk than other defenders. Moreover, the importance of engaging not only with governments but also companie...

Advice of Cambodian Women of Power for Int’l Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and to promote gender equality. This year, the celebration turned to a day of protest to remind us that this day is still highly needed as women around the world, are still suffering from disparities in terms of education, health, work, and remain at risk of different kinds of violence, and poverty. At Destination Justice, we strongly support Women’s rights, and we are advocating for them. Women’s Rights are Human Rights. In this regards, Destination Justice’s team in Cambodia, through Destination Justice’s social enterprise the Justice Café & Library and its Justice Ambassadors*, worked along the French Embassy in Cambodia to produce a short documentary. Titled “Being a ...

Khniom Chang Doeung: What is SOGIE?

In the wake of International Human Rights Day, Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK) and Destination Justice are releasing a new episode of Khniom Chang Deung (“I want to Know”) addressing the topic of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression (SOGIE).  This episode is part of the fruitful collaboration between the two organisations and hopes to support RoCK’s effort in sensitizing the Cambodian people to the issue of SOGIE. About SOGIE Sexual Orientation refers to an individual’s physical, romantic sexual, and/or emotional attraction to a specific gender or genders. As such, individuals may identify themselves as lesbian or gay (that is, when they are attracted to the same gender as theirs), bisexual (that is, when they are attracted to both female and male genders), asexual ...

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 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.

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...

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.

CCHR: 5 short movies to raise awareness on Cambodia’s land rights crisis

On Wednesday 17 December 2014 late afternoon, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) launched its new project before an assembly of around 80 people including  the EU representative, Virginie Lafleur Tighe, members of the city hall and the national assembly, members of the civil society, and representatives of the communities affected by the land crisis (including the five community leaders interviewed in the movies). This project  is part of CCHR Land Reform Project and consists of a series of community profiles highlighting Cambodia’s land rights crisis. It consists -for now- of a series of 5 short movies screening communities struggling with a land issue -the objective being 30 by 2017. The films tell different stories of harassment, intimidation and attacks, in attempts to chase ...

Press Release: The International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) with the expertise of Destination Justice Released its Monitoring Report of the Trials of the Cambodian Garment Workers Arrested in January 2014

On 26 September 2014, The International Senior Lawyers Project with the expertise of Destination Justice (ISLP) released a report documenting the findings of trial monitors who observed the cases of 23 Cambodian nationals who were arrested, criminally charged, and convicted in connection with the garment worker protests of January 2014. Please click here to read the full report and click here to read The ISLP press release.