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Opening Statements in Case 002 on 21 November 2011

The Trial Chamber today announced that opening statements in the trial in Case 002 will commence at 9.00 a.m. on Monday 21 November 2011 in the ECCC Main Courtroom and continue over the following days. The hearing of evidence in this case will begin on Monday 28 November 2011. The Initial Hearing in Case 002, which under the ECCC's Internal Rules amounts to the official opening of trial, was held before the Chamber between 27 and 30 June 2011.

The hearing on Monday 21 November 2011 will commence with the reading of the charges against each Accused. The Co-Prosecutors will then be allocated up to two days to make their opening statements. Although the Trial Chamber has recently separated proceedings in Case 002 into a series of smaller trials, the first trial will provide a general foundation for all allegations against the Accused, including those which will be examined in later trials. The Co-Prosecutors will therefore present opening statements in relation to all charges and factual allegations against the Accused in Case 002. Lawyers for each Accused will then be given an opportunity to respond to the opening statements of the Co-Prosecutors. Each Defence team has been allocated one half-day for their opening statements.  

Following the conclusion of opening statements, the hearing of evidence in Case 002 will commence at 9 a.m. on Monday 28 November 2011. The first segment of the trial will conclude no later than Friday 16 December 2011, when the Chamber will recess for the christmas and new year period.  Following this recess, trial proceedings will resume before the Chamber on Monday 9 January 2012. Proceedings before the Trial Chamber will be conducted in public to the maximum extent possible.

The Trial Chamber will provide further information regarding the timing of later trial segments in due course

 
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1- Introduction

One of the major innovations of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is the enhanced recognition of Victims in its proceedings. Victims of crimes that fall under the jurisdiction of the Court are given a fundamental role in the ECCC. They can submit complaints to the Co-Prosecutors, who take the interests of Victims into account when considering whether to initiate an investigation or a prosecution. Victims may also participate as Civil Parties. In this capacity, they are recognised as parties to the proceedings and are allowed to claim collective and moral reparations. This reflects the commitment of the ECCC to its mandate of helping the Cambodian people in the pursuit of justice and national reconciliation, as stated in the Preamble to the Agreement between the United Nations and the Royal Government of Cambodia Concerning the Prosecution under Cambodian Law of Crimes committed during the Period of Democratic Kampuchea.

2. Overview

The Victims Support Section (VSS) was established to support the ECCC by assisting Victims who want to participate in the proceedings. The VSS is the central contact point between the ECCC and Victims or their representatives. The VSS aims to facilitate the effective participation of Victims in the proceedings. This consists of processing complaints and applications of Victims who seek to exercise their right to participate. It also oversees that Victims have access to legal representation of a high quality. To that end, the VSS also provides legal and administrative support to the Civil Party lawyers. Finally, the VSS serves as a meeting place where all the actors involved in the proceedings that is the Victims, the Court members, the lawyers and intermediary organisations can gather and thus share their views for the most efficient representation of the Victims’ interests.

3. Main Tasks

The VSS informs Victims about their rights relating to participation and reparations, and enables them to file complaints and Civil Party applications to the ECCC if they wish to do so (for details see Practice Direction on Victim Participation).
This entails the provision of assistance in obtaining legal advice or a lawyer, supporting legal representatives and facilitating the grouping and collective representation of Victims.
The VSS supports the work of the Co-Prosecutors and the Co-Investigating Judges by processing complaints and Civil Party applications and preparing reports for these offices.
It also maintains contact with Victims and their lawyers regarding the status of their complaints and applications, and keeps them updated regarding developments in individual cases.
The VSS ensures that the role of the section and the rights of Victims are explained in outreach events throughout Cambodia.

Lastly, the VSS ensures the safety and well-being of Victims who participate in the proceedings. This involves ensuring that Victims properly understand the risks sometimes inherent in such participation, as well as providing them with protective measures and other assistance, like psychosocial support.

 
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