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Some 10,000 died once Khmer Rouge evacuated people from Phnom Penh

Posted by khmernews on May 25, 2009

By O’ka

At least 10,600 people died on 17-18 April 1975 once Khmer Rouge evacuated the people from Phnom Penh, according to historian Ben Kiernan’s research document.

Early February 1975, a New Zealand statistic expert told Ben Kiernan that there were an estimated 1,300,000 populations in Phnom Penh. Amongst 100 victims whom Khmer Rouge evacuated from Phnom Penh in April 1975, Ben Kiernan interviewed around 36 victimizing family members about the deaths during traveling. The interviewees said they were traveling from Phnom Penh for about two, three, or four weeks to reach Khmer Rouge-assigned housings. Only two people were traveling less than one week. Ten family members were traveling for more than a month on foot, by carrying their belongings with them. He claimed that two of them died if calculated in percent – 0.53%. So it can be concluded that 10,600 out of almost 2,000,000 populations leaving Phnom Penh lost their lives. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gov’t awaits UN to resume talk on tribunal’s anti-irregularity mechanism

Posted by khmernews on May 25, 2009

Phnom Penh: The government of Cambodia is still open to await talk with the UN on legal usage technique, anti-irregularity mechanism, or anti-corruption mechanism within the Khmer Rouge tribunal, according to Phay Siphan, spokesman for the Council of Ministers.

In 20 May’s press conference on ‘the progress of the Khmer Rouge tribunal’ organized by the Cambodian Club of Journalist, CCJ, Phay Siphan urged and encouraged journalists to asked him about allegations of corruption-without-evidence within the Khmer Rouge tribunal. Phay Siphan referred to local English written newspapers which dug up allegations of corruption in the tribunal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Press Release : The Co-Investigating Judges publish a number of Case File documents

Posted by khmernews on May 19, 2009

Press Release
The Co-Investigating Judges publish a number of Case File documents

Further to their decision dated 3 March 2009 relating to the publication of an increased number of documents from the judicial investigation, by virtue of Rule 56(2) of the ECCC Internal Rules, the Co-Investigating Judges have decided to make public a set of Case File documents relating to the issue of the possible use, during the current proceedings, of confessions obtained under torture during the Democratic Kampuchea regime. The documents include, in particular:

– the original request by a defence team to exclude such confessions, dated 11 February 2009; and
– a response by the Co-Prosecutors, dated 30 April;
The Judges’ order will also be published.

The set of these documents may be accessed by clicking on: http://www.eccc.gov.kh/english/court_doc.list.aspx?courtDocCat=case_docs, then typing into the “Search doc no. :” field, the Case File reference: “D130”.

This publication will be followed by others at regular intervals. The Co-Investigating Judges also recall that the Court Report, published on the ECCC website, contains a monthly update of current activity in the judicial investigation: http://www.eccc.gov.kh/english/publications.courtReport.aspx.

Phnom Penh, 19 May 2009

Lars Olsen
Legal Communications Officer
Public Affairs Section
UNAKRT/Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Mobile: +855 (0) 12 488 023
Tel: +855 (0) 23 219 814 ext. 6169
http://www.unakrt-online.org
http://www.eccc.gov.kh
E-mail: olsenl@un.org

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ECCC Press Release on 18 May 2009

Posted by khmernews on May 19, 2009

18 May 2009

Press Release

The Office of Administration of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is taking steps to strengthen and streamline its activities in the areas of Public Affairs, Outreach and the Victims Unit.

Public Affairs
Mr Reach Sambath, currently Press Officer, is promoted to become Chief of Public Affairs, responsible for media relations and provision of public information on the workings of the ECCC. The present Chief of Public Affairs, Dr Helen Jarvis will be redeployed to head up the Victims Unit (see further information below). Mr Sambath holds a Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University in New York, is a lecturer at the Department of Media and Communications at the Royal University of Phnom Penh and formerly worked for 12 years with the Phnom Penh Bureau of Agence France Presse (AFP). Read the rest of this entry »

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PRE-TRIAL CHAMBER DISMISSES APPEAL AGAINST THE EXTENSION OF PROVISIONAL DETENTION OF IENG THIRITH

Posted by khmernews on May 19, 2009

11 May 2009

PRESS RELEASE

PRE-TRIAL CHAMBER DISMISSES APPEAL AGAINST THE EXTENSION OF PROVISIONAL DETENTION OF IENG THIRITH

In a Decision rendered today, the Pre-Trial Chamber dismissed the Appeal against an Order extending the provisional detention of Ieng Thirith, and rejected a request for release on bail. Following the Decision of the Pre-Trial Chamber, Ieng Thirith may be held in provisional detention until 12 November 2009.

Ieng Thirith, who held the position as Minister of Social Action during the regime of Democratic Kampuchea, is charged with Crimes against Humanity (the case is still under investigation). She was arrested on 12 November 2007 and subsequently placed in provisional detention, initially for one year, by an order of the Co-Investigating Judges. On 10 November 2008 the Co-Investigating Judges ordered an extension of the provisional detention for a maximum duration of one year (until 12 November 2009). Read the rest of this entry »

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