Essence of Juvenile Justice Law Disseminated

Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) and Cambodia National Council for Children's General Secretariat (CNCC-GC) have lately disseminated the contents of Juvenile Justice Law among its line officials from across Cambodia.

H.E. Nim Thot, Secretary of State for MoSVY, chaired the two-day dissemination workshop that took place here in Phnom Penh.

Officially adopted by the Royal Government of Cambodia on July 14, 2016 - according to H.E. Nhep Sopheap, Secretary General for CNCC-GC - the Juvenile Justice Law (JJL) was purposed to promote a legal procedure with strong additional safeguards when children come into conflict with laws.

The law focuses on diversion, rehabilitation, and restorative justice as the main course of action, rather than punishment for the minors. The detention of minors must be a measure of last resort; and the law prevents youth or children in detention to be mixed with adult inmates.

H.E. Nim Thot encouraged participating officials to comprehend the law and cooperate well with concerned parties for effective implementation of the law, ensuring the best interest of the child as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child ratified by the Royal Government of Cambodia in 1992.

It was very long journey of hard work of MoSVY, CNCC-GS, relevant ministries including Ministry of Justice as well as Plan International Cambodia and other development agencies to bring about the existence of the Juvenile Justice Law.

In his address, Country Director of Plan International Cambodia expressed his willingness for future support for the rollout of the law implementation plan.

H.E. Nim Thot welcomed all support from development partners, adding that the dissemination was therefore an indispensable building block towards an engaging and productive implementation plan of the law.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press