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No More Connection with Graft within K Rouge Tribunal, U.S. Expects

Posted by khmernews on September 19, 2008

Chuob Praha
The U.S. expects that the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (KRT) will not be in connection with future corruption allegation after it pledged to provide the hybrid court with US$1.8 million in a quest for justice for victims killed in the killing fields.

In a separate statement in Washington on 16 September 2008, State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack said that the U.S. is committed to helping Cambodia in its efforts to hold Khmer Rouge leaders accountable for their crimes. While the court still has more to do, the ECCC has made significant strides to overcome international concerns about corruption, mismanagement, and political influence, including adding a new international deputy administrator, strengthening management practices, and establishing procedures to deal with allegations of wrongdoing, he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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US Donates US$1.8M to K Rouge Tribunal

Posted by khmernews on September 17, 2008

Phnom Penh – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte announced that due to the progress of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, the State Department intends to work with Congress to make available an initial contribution of $1.8 million to support the tribunal.  The fund will goes to the UN side

Speaking at the press conference on 16 September 2008 in the Cambodian’s U.S. Embassy before his departure, he expects to be active among donors to the tribunal to ensure that it continues to improve its management and addresses the issue of corruption. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pre-Trial Chamber Yet to Respond to K Samphan’s Defense

Posted by khmernews on September 16, 2008

By Chan Chamnan
The co-defense lawyers for Khieu Samphan last week requested the Pre-Trial Chamber (PTC) hold the 20 October expected appeal hearing of Khieu Samphan against provisional detention on 23 October. However, the PTC has not yet responded to the lawyers’ request for Khieu Samphan.

An ECCC’s official said Sar Sovan, co-lawyer for Khieu Samphan, last week requested the PTC delay the bail appeal hearing of Khieu Samphan.

Sar Sovan said he and his French counterpart Jarges Verges have duties in other countries, and will not be able to participate in the scheduled hearing. It is unclear whether the 20 October hearing will be proceeding or not. Read the rest of this entry »

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Media Alert

Posted by khmernews on September 5, 2008

Today, the Co-Prosecutors have filed their appeal against the Co-Investigating Judges’ Closing Order in the case of Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch. This is five days ahead of schedule and in all three official languages of the ECCC: Khmer, English and French.

The Co-Prosecutors have requested that this appeal be determined on the basis of the written submissions without the need for an oral hearing.

The Co-Prosecutors have also requested that their appeal, and all related filings by the other parties, be placed on the ECCC website.

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Defence Support Section: Press Statement

Posted by khmernews on September 5, 2008

PLENARY SESSION OF JUDGES OF THE ECCC
1-5 SEPTEMBER 2008
Defence Support Section: Press Statement

5 September 2008

1.    The Defence Support Section (DSS) would like to congratulate the judges for adopting a number of important amendments at this week’s Plenary. The judges have applied their collective judicial wisdom to a multitude of complex legal issues, including the role of civil parties and the use of witness protection measures at trial. In doing so, they have demonstrated a real determination to improve the functioning of the court. Read the rest of this entry »

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Report on Crimes Triggered By 1975-1978 Democratic Kampuchea

Posted by khmernews on September 5, 2008

Oka

Although there are many different assertions about the number of Cambodian people killed during the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978, a document entitled, “Crimes of pro-China homogeny regime and entourage Pol Pot, Ieng Sary and Khieu Samphan during 1975-1978,” published by the People’s Republic of Kampuchea in 1983 demonstrated the death toll, number of complainants, the properties lost during the regime.

United Front for National Salvation of Kampuchea’s General Country Council’s Report on Crimes no.1051 33 krs claimed that the Pol Pot’s Crimes Investigation Committee under the UFNSK’s GCC had contacted people at all levels, Angkar Pak, authorities, and people’s organization from the central to the grassroots levels to investigate the crimes. The Committee had reviewed and analysed all documents sent from communes, districts, provinces, and cities which were the evidence to prove the crimes the Pol Pot’s regime committed on the people. The regime made a mess of the Cambodian [administrative] structure, deserted our land, and destroyed many lives and properties. Read the rest of this entry »

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PRESS STATEMENT

Posted by khmernews on September 5, 2008

PRESS STATEMENT
BY CIVIL PARTIES LAWYER SILKE STUZINSKY
First Civil Party Application before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Gender-Based Violence under the Khmer Rouge Regime

On 3 September 2008 the first application to be recognised as a Civil Party before the ECCC for gender-based crimes will be submitted to the Court’s Victims Unit.

S. is a transgendered person (male to female) who was imprisoned several times in re-education camps as well as in prisons, and suffered numerous rapes during the Khmer Rouge Regime by Khmer Rouge soldiers and cadres. She was punished for having committed “moral offences” and for behaving as a woman. She was forced to cut her long hair and to wear men’s clothing (as was the custom under the Khmer Rouge). Furthermore, she was threatened with death if she refused to marry a woman, and the Khmer Rouge ordered the performance of sexual intercourse as part of the marital obligation. These acts must be considered within the crime of rape, as they were committed without the consent of the concerned person, and were conducted following orders because of threats and the general coercive nature of the circumstances.
Now S. is searching for justice before the ECCC, to hold senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge responsible for the crimes she suffered. Read the rest of this entry »

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Youth’s Understanding of the Khmer Rouge Trials

Posted by khmernews on September 5, 2008

Srey Sophear

On May 11, 2008 Youth Resource Development Program (YRDP) organized a forum on “the experience of the Khmer Rouge regime” and “the process of the Khmer Rouge trials” at Phanasastra University, cooperated with Church World Services (CWS). There were 131 participants including students, national and international guests, and local and foreign journalists. Mrs. Josephine Barbour, CWS Cambodia director, said that CWS had launched the programs related to the Khmer Rouge since the regime had just fallen. “All youth were born after the Khmer Rouge regime, so they should understand the regime clearly so as to avoid the repetition of such historical events,” she said. Read the rest of this entry »

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ECCC Media Alert: 4th Plenary Session of the Judicial Officers

Posted by khmernews on September 5, 2008

The 4th plenary session of judicial officers of the ECCC will be held at the Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh from 1 to 5 September 2008. The plenary session will commence on Monday 1 September with a half day of preparatory meetings. The formal opening session will take place the same day at 1330.

The plenary is a closed event, but the media are invited to attend the opening session on Monday 1 September 2008 starting at 1330. An official photo opportunity will be provided.

At the conclusion of the plenary a summary statement will be issued through the ECCC Public Affairs Office to all interested media.

We kindly request those media representatives interested in attending the photo session contact the ECCC Press Officer, Mr Reach Sambath, on 012 488156 or by email at: reach.sambath@eccc.gov.kh.

Please note that valid identification is required for all ECCC media events.

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Youth’s Understanding of Khmer Rouge Regime, Tribunal

Posted by khmernews on September 5, 2008

Srey Sophea

Until present, most youth have not believed or understood clearly about the process of the Khmer Rouge tribunal and the genocidal regime. It is difficult and takes time to make them believe and understand. To comprehend the process of the Khmer Rouge tribunal and the sufferings of Cambodian people during the genocidal regime better, a group of volunteer youth who participated in “The youth participation on the Khmer Rouge tribunal program,” organized a study visit on June 29, 2008 to Tuol Sleng torture center and Cheung Aek killing field and to the Khmer Rouge tribunal to observe Ieng Sary’s appeal hearing on the next day. More than 40 students from Royal University of Phnom Penh, Norton University, Western University, and National University of Management participated in the visit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Youth and Khmer Rouge Trials

Posted by khmernews on September 5, 2008

Thy Vichhay

Svay Chrum-Svay Rieng: From 13 to 15 August 2008, Youth For Peace (YFP) organized a training course on “Youth and the Khmer Rouge Trials” in Svay Chrum High School, Svay Chrum district, Svay Rieng province with 30 participants, 12 of whom are female.

“The training course was held to make youth understand the process of the Khmer Rouge trials and its essence and benefits to Cambodia,” said Morn Sokoeun, Phnom Penh’s YFP coordinator, adding that another objective was to enable youth to participate in the process of the Khmer Rouge tribunal. “Youth For Peace wants youth to study and understand the unforgettable bitter Cambodian history which lasted 3 years, 8 months and 20 days from 1975,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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