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INVITATION TO ATTEND THE ECCC INITIAL HEARING 17 FEBRUARY 2009

Posted by khmernews on January 31, 2009

INVITATION TO ATTEND THE

ECCC INITIAL HEARING

17 FEBRUARY 2009

The Trial Chamber of the ECCC has the honour to invite national and international public and media representatives to attend the Initial Hearing in case 001 concerning the accused KAING Guek Eav alias DUCH accused of crimes committed in S-21 (Tuol Sleng) S-24 (Prey Sar) and Choeung Ek.

The session will commence in the main court room at 9:00am on 17 February and will continue on the following days. Read the rest of this entry »

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Press Release

Posted by khmernews on January 31, 2009

TRAUMA POSTERS
freely available for PUBLIC DISPLAY at LEARNING CENTERS
Press Release

PHNOM PENH, 30 January 2009:  The Center for Social Development (“CSD”) is pleased to announce and make freely available to learning institutions, relevant governmental and non-governmental agencies 4,000 (four thousand) laminated, glossy educational posters (measuring 76.5cm x 52cm) about trauma. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trial Chamber Press Statement on January 2009

Posted by khmernews on January 23, 2009

Trial Chamber
Chambre de première instance

Trial Chamber Press Statement
January 2009

The Trial Chamber wishes to ensure that the public has a clear understanding of the first public stages of the trial against KAING Guek Eav alias ‘Duch’.

The trial starts with an Initial Hearing which will be followed at a date yet to be fixed, by a hearing on the substance.

1.    The Initial Hearing scheduled for 17 February and any days required following that date, will consider applications for admission of Civil Parties and protective measures sought by them.  It will also consider any preliminary legal and procedural issues that might have an impact on the conduct of the trial on the substance, and will finalise the scheduling of witnesses and experts to be heard at the trial. Neither the Accused Person, nor any witnesses, experts, or Civil Parties  will speak at the Initial Hearing on any matters of substance.

Following the Initial Hearing the President, in consultation with the Trial Chamber, will fix the date of the Substantive Hearing.

2.    The Substantive Hearing will consider the evidence contained in the Case File.  The Accused Person, witnesses, experts and the Civil Parties may testify or make statements orally during this part of the trial.

Those who are still to file applications to be admitted as Civil Parties are reminded that this must be done by 2 February 2009 at 1600 hours.

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STATEMENT OF THE VICTIMS UNIT

Posted by khmernews on January 22, 2009

STATEMENT OF THE VICTIMS UNIT

The Victims Unit of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) wishes to inform the public of the following:

The Trial Chamber has announced that the Initial Hearing in Case 1 will begin on 17 February 2009. This means that persons who suffered harm as a result of the crimes allegedly committed by Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch at Office S-21 (Tuol Sleng), Office S-24 (Prey Sar) and Choeung Ek should submit their Civil Party applications to the Victims Unit before 4:00 PM on Monday 2 February 2009. Any Civil Party application that is submitted after the deadline will not be considered by the judges of the Trial Chamber. Read the rest of this entry »

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STATEMENT OF THE VICTIMS UNIT

Posted by khmernews on January 21, 2009

21 January 2009

STATEMENT OF THE VICTIMS UNIT

The Victims Unit of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia wish to inform the public with the following points:

1.     According to rule 23 (4) of the Internal Rules, victims of Democratic Kampuchea who want to participate as Civil Parties in the proceeding of Case File 1, which relates to crimes committed in connection to S-21 Security Office (Tuol Sleng), S-24 Security Office (Prey Sar), and Choeung Ek site, that were allegedly committed by Mr. Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch, should submit their Civil Party applications 10 days before the commencement of the trial. The Trial Chamber has announced that the Initial Hearing will commence 17 February 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

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30 Years of Impunity Has to Stop Now with Greater Accountability at the KRT

Posted by khmernews on January 13, 2009

Voice of Justice

30 Years of Impunity Has to Stop Now with Greater Accountability at the KRT

Phnom Penh, 7 January 2009

Thirty years ago today, Vietnam’s invasion of Cambodia liberated us from the bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge which took the lives of 2 million Cambodians, including those of my parents and other relatives.  However, three decades later, Cambodians are still not free and continue to live under the long shadow of their atrocities:  justice remains elusive for the millions of victims of the KR regime, as well as for the many ordinary Cambodians who suffer the injustices of the legal system in which impunity has become the norm.

Now, for the first time, our country confronts a truly unique opportunity, a chance to realize accountability for the crimes of the KR and to create a new precedent for our embryonic domestic criminal justice system through the UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers or informally, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (KRT) which currently is detaining 5 KR leaders  The recent decision of this KRT’s National Co-Prosecutor to oppose the International Co-Prosecutor’s proposed investigations into 6 further suspects jeopardizes this opportunity and amounts to yet another betrayal of the Cambodian people by our country’s political elite. Read the rest of this entry »

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Departure of Cambodian JENESYS Delegation

Posted by khmernews on January 12, 2009

Press Release
Embassy of Japan in the Kingdom of Cambodia

January 12, 2009

Departure of Cambodian JENESYS Delegation

A Cambodian delegation of 20 people, consisting of 16 young artists, 2 government officials and 2 professors, will depart Cambodia on January 14, 2009 for a stay of approximately 8 days in Japan. This is the fifth group from Cambodia to join the JENESYS Programme *(Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths). Read the rest of this entry »

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Press Release

Posted by khmernews on January 12, 2009

Press Release

The National Judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia deeply regret hearing the new reports today that co-lawyers Mr. Michiel PESTMAN and Mr.Victor KOPPE and Mr. Andrew IANUZZI have filed a complaint with the Municipal Court of Phnom Penh charging corruption within the ECCC, which states that this may infringe the fundamental right to fair trial and that a portion of national judges’ salaries are used as kickbacks to government official/s.

The above-mentioned action was leaked to the public media, causing confusion and seriously affecting the honour and dignity of all individual judges and this institution as a whole. We would like to state that all the judges of this Court entered into service by decision of the Supreme Council of Magistracy, chaired by His Majesty the King of the Cambodia, who signed Royal Decree No. NS/RKT/0506/214 dated 7 May 2006, appointing all of us to work in this Court. Therefore, there is no reason for judges to cut their salaries to pay kickbacks to government officials, as alleged. We absolutely reject such an accusation.

Finally, we would like to state that if the above accusation stems from bad faith in putting the blame on the judges, we reserve the right to legal recourse against any individuals who have provoked such a problem.

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STATEMENT OF THE CO-PROSECUTORS

Posted by khmernews on January 5, 2009

5 January 2009

STATEMENT OF THE CO-PROSECUTORS

On 29 December 2008, the National Co-Prosecutor filed her Response with the Pre-Trial Chamber to the International Co-Prosecutor’s Statement of Disagreement, which was filed on 1 December 2008. The disagreement concerns the appropriateness of opening new judicial investigations against certain additional suspects for crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge. The Statement of Disagreement and the Response contain reasons justifying the two Co-Prosecutors’ positions in favor of charging or not charging these suspects. Read the rest of this entry »

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