International Justice Day is the day that we chose at Destination Justice to celebrate justice and gather people advocating for better justice in Cambodia. Supported by the Embassy of Sweden in Phnom Penh and sponsored by the FCC, we brought in 2014 for the first time to Cambodia the ICC Exhibit “Justice Matters” which had a particular resonance with senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge remaining on trial for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Originally celebrating the adoption of the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC), the 2014 event reminded us that while international justice – from its pure implementation at the ICC to more hybrid implementations like the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia – gets highly profiled, domestic justice in Cambodia still faces challenges putting at a disadvantage the ones most in crucial need of a fair, transparent and independent justice. It led us to take the ICC Exhibit on a roadshow across the country and, taking in account the example of international justice, to ask the Cambodian youth why domestic justice matters to them.
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