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  PLANNING BEGINS FOR CASE 002/02 REPARATION REQUESTS

Having successfully submitted the Civil Parties’ final claim for reparations before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Case 002/01, preparations for the development of reparation requests for the next trial, Case 002/02, are now set to begin. The Victims Support Section (VSS) and Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyers’ Section (CPLCLS) will be consulting with civil parties, civil party lawyers, civil society organizations, victims associations, state authorities and donors to identify and discuss potential reparation requests for the benefit of victims of the Khmer Rouge regime. In preparation for the next trial, the CPLCLS and the VSS will host a Stakeholders Consultation on Case 002/02 Reparations: Lessons Learned, Best Practices & Next Steps, which will take place on 11 June 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Phnom Penh Ecumenical Diakonia Centre, No. 19-21, Street 330, Sangkat Beung Keng Kang III, Khan Chamcar Morn, Phnom Penh. This event will bring together key stakeholders to discuss best practice and lessons learned in the area of reparations before the ECCC, and to start planning for civil party requests for reparations in Case 002/02. A wide variety of criminal charges will be included in this next trial, including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Accordingly, the VSS and the CPLCLS are seeking to develop a diverse range of reparation requests that will address the harm suffered as a consequence of the crimes charged and bring redress to civil parties. Similar events targeting consultation with civil parties in Case 002 will continue, with a Civil Party Consultation on Case 002/02 Reparations, scheduled over the coming months in Phnom Penh. These events will bring civil parties from throughout Cambodia to identify, discuss and develop reparation requests for the next case. With a view to meaningful consultation, and efficient and effective project development and implementation for the broad interests of victims of the Khmer Rouge regime, all stakeholders who are interested in reparations before the ECCC are welcome to participate in this process. Please contact Mr. Chea Sopheak (mobile: 012 922 274) to confirm your participation. For participants from the media, please note that the first and last sessions of the day are open to the media, but that the remainder of the event will be held in closed session. Media representatives who wish to attend this event should get in touch with the media contacts listed below. Civil parties can seek moral and collective reparation, but any reparation project is contingent on the conviction of the accused, who are entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty through a final judgment. The VSS is an official organ of the ECCC and is mandated to facilitate and coordinate victims’ participation in the ECCC’s proceedings. Furthermore, the VSS, in close cooperation with the Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyers, is mandated to identify, design and implement reparation projects and to seek external funding and support.
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Mr. NETH Pheaktra, Press Officer
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Mr. Lars OLSEN, Legal Officer
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WIDE RANGING SUPPORT SECURED FOR THE REPARATIONS FOR VICTIMS OF THE KHMER ROUGE REGIME

Wide ranging support has been secured for the Civil Parties' reparation projects requested in Case 002/01 before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). These reparation projects will benefit victims of the Democratic Kampuchea regime from 1975-1979. The Victims Support Section (VSS) and the Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyers Section (LCLS) who are leading this groundbreaking effort to bring redress to the survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime, wish to express gratitude to all current donors as well as governmental authorities and civil society organizations for their contributions either financially, politically or technically to the 13 reparation projects requested in Case 002/01.

Civil Parties seek the Trial Chamber's recognition of the reparation projects in Case 002/01 which aim to provide formal acknowledgement to the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime in order to mitigate the harms and suffering they have experienced, to preserve collective memory and restore victims' dignity. 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. The Trial Chamber has previously 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.

Having passed the deadline of 31 March 2014, the VSS and the LCLS are pleased to announce that for all requested reparations projects where funding was needed, sufficient voluntary financial contributions have been secured, except for one project. Please see the table attached to this press release for information about the proposed projects and funding submitted to the Trial Chamber.

The VSS is an official organ of the ECCC, and it is mandated to facilitate and coordinate victims' participation in the ECCC 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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Media Contact Information
Mr. Neth Pheaktra
Press Officer
Mobile phone: +855 (0)12 488 156
Land line: +855 (0)23 861 564
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mr. Lars Olsen
Legal Officer
Mobile: +855 (0)12 488 023
Land line: +855 (0)23 861 669
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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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Media Contact Information
Mr. Neth Pheaktra
Press Officer
Mobile phone: +855 (0)12 488 156
Land line: +855 (0)23 861 564
Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mr. Lars Olsen
Legal Officer
Mobile: +855 (0)12 488 023
Land line: +855 (0)23 861 669
Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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