Joint Statement Welcome to UN Expert Advisor, David Tolbert

Posted by khmernews on June 5, 2008

Welcome to UN Expert Advisor, David Tolbert
Phnom Penh, 28 April 2008

The above organizations are members of Civil Society in Cambodia committed to the success of the ECCC.  We warmly welcome you to your position of expert advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations to assist the ECCC’s United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT).
Your mandate to help the ECCC with its current fundraising effort and with overall operations of the UNAKRT is important to ensure that the court fulfill its goals and meet the needs of Cambodians. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you in Cambodia.

Many NGOs are actively engaged in supporting and monitoring the work of the ECCC. A majority of the outreach and work with victims of the Khmer Rouge has been done by NGOs. NGOs have issued press releases, proposed benchmarks for the court, and most recently, recommendations to increase the transparency and improve the relationship between the court and the civil society and the press. These efforts are designed to help ensuring that the court meets international standards and the court’s own goals to provide justice for Cambodians for atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge. We regret that the ECCC principals did not take into account the recommendations and concerns from NGOs. (Read more)


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