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Press Release : Appointment of Acting International Co-Prosecutor

Posted by khmernews on September 1, 2009

31 August 2009

Press Release  : Appointment of Acting International Co-Prosecutor

On 29 August 2009, the Supreme Council of Magistracy of Cambodia, upon the nomination of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, appointed, as an interim measure,  Mr. William Smith (Australia) as the Acting International Co-Prosecutor at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.  His appointment shall be effective 1 September 2009.  This appointment has been made pending the decision on the permanent replacement for the current International Co-Prosecutor, Mr. Robert Petit, whose resignation takes effect on the same date. Two nominations for the permanent replacement have been forwarded by the Secretary-General to the Royal Government of Cambodia for a decision by the Supreme Council of Magistracy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Press Release Summary: first 50 days of the “Duch”-trial

Posted by khmernews on July 27, 2009

Press Release Summary: first 50 days of the “Duch”-trial on 27 July 2009

Monday 27 July marks the 50th day of the trial against Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch since its commencement on 30 March 2009. Mr. Kaing is accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes and violation of certain provision in the Cambodian Criminal Code of 1956.

Thus far, two experts (Nayan Chanda and Craig Etcheson), 11 fact witnesses and seven Civil Parties have given testimonies before the Trial Chamber. An additional seven fact witnesses, one expert (David Chandler) and 20 Civil Parties are scheduled to give testimonies until 26 August which is the period currently scheduled by the Trial Chamber. An end-date for the trial proceedings has not been set yet. The Trial Chamber has rendered 11 written decisions and a number of oral decisions on procedural matters since the start of the trial. Read the rest of this entry »

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More than 12,000 visitors have attended the Duch-trial

Posted by khmernews on July 22, 2009

22 July 2009

PRESS RELEASE

More than 12,000 visitors have attended the Duch-trial

On Wednesday, 22 July 2009, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) reached the benchmark of 12,000 visitors in attendance of Case 001 against Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch since the trial began on 30 March 2009.

During recent months, the Public Affairs Section has strengthened efforts to increase both outreach activities and visitor attendance at the court.  Due to targeted effective outreach through the use of radio broadcasts, the court has been able to provide to larger audience information about how to attend the court hearings. The ECCC is providing free bus transportation to the court from the provinces for groups of 30 or more that have expressed interested in attending the Duch-trial. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pol Pot regime survivors not to pardon KR leaders if they admit guilt, make public apology

Posted by khmernews on July 22, 2009

Kampot Province: As the Khmer Rouge trial is being held, Pol Pot regime Khmer-Islamic survivors reacted they would not pardon former Khmer Rouge leaders if they admitted crimes committed during the regime and make public apology.

They made a strong reaction while responding to Youk Chhang, the director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), questioning that whether they pardon former Khmer Rouge leaders if they acknowledge crimes committed and make public apology. The questioning came as the DC-Cam was distributing 500 books of “Democratic Kampuchea History (1975-1979)” and “Searching for the Truth” magazines for free to Kampot’s Khmer-Islamic people last weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

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KRT Summry News on June 2009

Posted by khmernews on July 22, 2009

In June 2009, media report news relating to document loss of Nuon Chea’s defense team and a request to the court to address allegations of corruption within Khmer Rouge tribunal. In this month, the local newspaper also reports trial of former Tuol Sleng prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch and his confession of crimes committed once he held the position as S-21 security center director, and other news relating to resignation of international co-prosecutor Robert Petit.

Last week, international co-defense lawyer Michiel Pestman representing Nuon Chea said his documents were stolen and he spotted the documents floating in canal near the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s office. He voiced concern over security in the tribunal and urged the tribunal’s security office to investigate the case. Read the rest of this entry »

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

Posted by khmernews on June 26, 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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Statement of the International Co-Prosecutor

Posted by khmernews on June 23, 2009

23 June 2009
Statement of the International Co-Prosecutor

It is with the deepest regret that, for personal and family reasons, I must demit my position as International Co-Prosecutor effective 1 September 2009.

It has been the greatest privilege of my career to have the opportunity to bring some justice to the victims of the crimes of the Khmer Rouge. I remain convinced that Cambodia’s hopes for a better future lie, in part, on true accountability for crimes. My staff and I have tried, within our jurisdiction, to contribute to that goal to the best of our abilities. I have no doubt that Deputy Prosecutor William SMITH and my staff shall, along with our Cambodian colleagues, continue to do so after I depart. My decision has been reached after months of deliberation and consultation. I am confident that the work of my office shall continue with the same vigor during and after this transition period. The formal process of appointing a successor is ongoing and will no doubt be completed soon. Read the rest of this entry »

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Media Release on:Victims call on the ECCC to make Reparations a priority

Posted by khmernews on June 18, 2009

Media Release on:

Victims call on the ECCC to make Reparations a priority

Kampot, Wednesday 17th June 2009

Today ADHOC held a workshop on Reparations for Victims of the Khmer Rouge Regime. Victims of the Khmer Rouge regime gathered in Kampot to participate in a day of presentations and discussions on the moral and collective reparations that judges at the ECCC are empowered to order following a conviction at the court. The workshop started with a declaration from ADHOC President THUN Saray that “victims have an absolute right to demand reparations” for the crimes they suffered at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. Read the rest of this entry »

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CSD Expands its Facilitation of ECCC Civil Party Applicants

Posted by khmernews on June 16, 2009

CSD Expands its Facilitation of ECCC Civil Party Applicants
In addition to Class of Orphans, now Class of Widows, Class of Prisoners,
with Class of Child Soldiers under consideration
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PRESS RELEASE
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PHNOM PENH, 15 June 2009:  The Center for Social Development (CSD) is pleased to announce that it will expand its facilitation of Khmer Rouge victims who are interested in becoming a civil party in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to go beyond applications for the Orphans Class to include the Class of Widows, Class of Prisoners and possibly the Class of Child Soldiers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Press Release : Trial Chamber Rejects a Request for Release of Kaing Guek Eav (alias Duch)

Posted by khmernews on June 15, 2009

15 June  2009

PRESS RELEASE

Trial Chamber Rejects a Request for Release
of Kaing Guek Eav (alias Duch)

In a decision rendered on 15 June 2009 the Trial Chamber rejected a request for the release of Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch from provisional detention. Mr. Kaing Guek Eav is currently on trial accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes and violation of certain articles of the Cambodian penal code of 1956. The substantive part of his trial commenced on 30 March 2009, and his Defence Lawyers submitted an oral request for his conditional release for the duration of the trial on 1 April 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

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No political interference with K Rouge trial: Tribunal official

Posted by khmernews on June 8, 2009

Phnom Penh: Khmer Rouge tribunal’s jourists expressed their position again that war crimes court was not involved in political interference, Khmer Rouge tribunal’ newly appointed spokesman Dim Sovannarom told Rasmei Kampuchea on 6 June.

The tribunal official made the announcement in response to a letter written by Khmer Rouge Brother Number 2 Nuon Chea’s international co-defence lawyer on 3 June 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

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Open Letter to the Members of the ECCC Plenary and the Rules Committee

Posted by khmernews on June 5, 2009

Phnom Penh, 3 June 2009

Open Letter to the Members of the ECCC Plenary and the Rules Committee
Honorable Judges of the ECCC,

At the occasion of the ECCC Rules Committee Meeting which is due to convene this week, the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC), a coalition of 21 NGOs working in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, urges all members of the Plenary and the
Rules Committee to address now the question of reparations for victims of the Khmer Rouge regime. Although reparations are an issue that could be expected to wait until the end of a trial they need to be considered now in order to ensure that the foundations are in place to ensure that an order for meaningful reparations can be made. Read the rest of this entry »

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K Rouge defence team reacts against co-investigating judges’ acclaim

Posted by khmernews on June 4, 2009

Investigation process to search for Khmer Rouge crime accusation-related truth is facing complexity, resulting in accusation that the special court is slowing its work.

The co-investigating judges of Khmer Rouge tribunal recently claimed that the slow work is because of no cooperation with former senior Khmer Rouge leaders. Cambodian defence team for Khmer Rouge leaders responded that judges’ acclaim was not completely true. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hun Sen blames Lon Nol reactionary for cause of Cambodia destruction

Posted by khmernews on June 4, 2009

Phnom Penh: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen blamed Lon Nol-led republican, who led 1970 military coup to toppled then-Prince Norodom Sihanouk, for a cause of Cambodia destruction and blame should not be put on Pol Pot-led genocidal regime solely.

Speaking at Preah Monivong Bridge and air bridge worksite inauguration ceremony in Phnom Penh on 27 May, Hun Sen said what makes regret was achievement across the country having been left behind by the previous leaders from one generation from another especially in the generation of Sangkum Reastr Miyum led by then-Head of State Norodom Sihanouk, being destroyed by Lon Nol and Pol Pot regime. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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