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Young Cambodians make their voices heard on “Justice and Corruption” in the country

At Destination Justice, we believe that if young people are given a platform for self-expression and creative proclamation, they can be the catalysts for change. This is why we launched the Youth Voice Contest as part of the Justice Matters Conference 2018. This event was co-organised with our partners at Transparency International Cambodia, and with the help and support from the European Union, the Swedish, and the French embassy. The conference took place on Friday the 7th December at the National University of Management, with the aim of facilitating dialogue between students, legal professionals and academics, on Justice in Cambodia. The Youth Voices Contest encouraged and enabled young Cambodians, 25 years old or under, to participate. The contestants were invited to submit creative w...

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...

Annotated Cambodian Constitution – Dissemination Workshops

Destination Justice, in partnership with Transparency International Cambodia, is currently facilitating a series of training workshops for students and legal professionals on the Cambodian constitutional law and the use of the Annotated cambodian Constitution (ACC). Those workshops are designed to present the ACC to the legal community, generate discussion about cambodian constitutional law and share the handbook with the legal community. Beginning with a refresher of the constitutional law and its status as the supreme law protecting Cambodia’s democracy, the training then highlights the purpose of the Annotated Cambodian Constitution. It summarizes current Cambodian constitutional jurisprudence and decisions from the Cambodian Constitutional Council. Additionally, relevant cases from dif...

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...

International Law Protections for Minority Groups’ Right to Self-Identify

International law protects minority groups' right to self-identify in several key ways, confirms a new briefing paper released by Destination Justice today, "International Law on Minorities' Right to Self-Identify". The briefing paper explains that minority group protections stem from one core international law principle that states are prohibited from discriminating against a person on the basis of their race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

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.     ...