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MEANINGFUL REPARATIONS FOR VICTIMS OF KHMER ROUGE REGIME

Wide ranging support has been secured for the Civil Parties' requested reparation projects in Case 002/01, but there remains a funding gap and, consequently, various opportunities still exist for potential donors to engage in the realization of these projects, which will benefit the victims of the Democratic Kampuchea regime from 1975-1979.

The Victims Support Section (VSS) and the Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyers of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) – in close cooperation with governmental and non-governmental organizations – are currently leading a groundbreaking effort to bring redress to the survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime. The ECCC is the first court of its kind allowing victims to participate directly in the proceedings as parties. In accordance with the legal framework governing the ECCC proceedings, the Civil Parties can seek collective and moral reparations. In addition, the VSS is mandated to develop and implement non-judicial measures to serve the broader interests of victims.

The Trial Chamber has recently set the deadline of 31 March 2014 by which Civil Parties must submit any further documentation and information on the reparation projects they seek in Case 002/01, including updates on funding. Civil Parties seek the Court's recognition of thirteen reparation projects in Case 002/01 which aim to provide acknowledgement to the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime in order to mitigate the harms and suffering they have experienced. Please see the attached table, for information about the thirteen proposed projects submitted to the Trial Chamber. In case of conviction of the accused, the Trial Chamber may grant moral and collective reparations to the Civil Parties in its judgment if certain conditions are fulfilled; among them the requirement for documentation of sufficient external funding for each proposed project. With the March deadline drawing near, the VSS takes this opportunity to inform the public about the achievements to date and to seek additional voluntary funding for the reparation projects sought by the Civil Parties.

Despite wide ranging moral, political and financial support from the international donor community, the Royal Government of Cambodia and Cambodian civil society organizations, there are still various opportunities for potential donors to engage in the realization of the requested reparation projects. By providing financial support to these projects, donors can be secure in the knowledge that their contributions are used for programming that creates and maximizes direct and lasting benefits for Civil Parties and victims throughout Cambodia.

A number of projects do not yet have secured funding and, consequently, are at risk of not being recognized by the Court, nor implemented. Funding is sought on a priority basis for these projects, namely the Public Memorials Initiative and the project to publish and distribute the Case 002/01 judgment to civil parties in full and illustrated summary form. Several proposed reparation projects have already secured funding, but would benefit from additional funds which would be used to further expand the reach and enhance the benefit of the projects. Among these are the Testimonial Therapy, Self-Help Groups for Rehabilitation, Mobile Exhibition and Permanent projects.

Potential donors are encouraged to contact the VSS for further information and a presentation meeting. The VSS is an official organ of the ECCC and is mandated to facilitate and coordinate victims' participation in the ECCC's proceedings, except legal representation. Furthermore, the Section is mandated to seek external funding and support and, in close cooperation with the Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyers, to identify, design and later implement reparation projects.

VSS Contact
Mr. Hang Vannak
Chief of VSS
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