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Inauguration of the Memorial to Victims of the Democratic Kampuchea Regime at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

On Thursday 26 March, at 8:30 a.m., the Victims Support Section (VSS) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) together with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of the Royal Government of Cambodia will inaugurate a Memorial to Victims of the Democratic Kampuchea Regime at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh.

The Ceremony, to be presided over by H.E. Dr. Sok An, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister in Charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers, and Chairman of the Cambodian Royal Government Task Force on the Khmer Rouge Trials; and H.E. Joachim, German Ambassador to Cambodia, will be held in the presence of Baron von Marschall survivors of the S-21 Security Center and Civil Parties before the ECCC, representatives from Victims Association and other related stakeholders. The Memorial is dedicated to and erected in memory of all victims of the Democratic Kampuchea regime, especially to the at least 12,272 victims who were unlawfully detained at S-21 prison, a Phnom Penh security center during the Democratic Kampuchea regime from 1975 to 1979, where they were subjected to inhumane conditions, forced labour and torture, and eventually killed at the execution site of Choeung Ek, or the labour camp of Prey Sar (S-24).

The Memorial (built on an area of 400 square meters, with 6 meters in height) was designed and erected by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (General Department of Cultural Heritage), in close cooperation with the Victims Support Section of the ECCC, and other stakeholders with financial support from German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)/GIZ.

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Supreme Court Chamber renders decision on appeal against scope of Case 002/01

On 8 February 2013, the Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) rendered its decision on an immediate appeal by the Co-Prosecutors against a decision of the Trial Chamber denying, in part, to expand the scope of the first trial in Case 002.

The Supreme Court Chamber annulled the Trial Chamber's decision, finding that the original severance of Case 002 in September 2011 and related subsequent decisions lacked clarity and reasoning, and that the Trial Chamber had severed Case 002 and defined the scope of Case 002/01 without having given the parties sufficient opportunity to be heard.

The Supreme Court Chamber nevertheless recognized the factors which likely prompted the Trial Chamber to sever the proceedings into more expeditious and manageable trials. The Supreme Court Chamber further specified that the Trial Chamber remains empowered to reassess a mode of severance for Case 002 upon inviting submissions from the parties and takes into consideration all relevant factors and legitimate interests. The Supreme Court Chamber's decision is limited to the severance of Case 002 and has no effect on the hearings or proceedings on the substance in Case 002 to date.

The full decision is available on the ECCC website: http://www.eccc.gov.kh/en/document/court/decision-co-prosecutors%E2%80%9...

 
Press Release

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.

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Case 004 crime sites

The Co Investigating Judges published information about a number of crime sites in Case 004 on 8 August 2011. On 19 December 2012 the International Co-Investigating Judge published information about 14 additional crimes sites.

Any witnesses or victims with information concerning these sites, which are listed by province on the map below, may contact the ECCC Victims Support Section, where they will be given further information about giving evidence and eligibility to apply as civil parties:

Victims Support Section,
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
National Road 4
Chaom Chau, Porsenchey
PO Box 71
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Office phone: 023 861 893 or Helpline: 097 742 4218
The office is open Monday to Friday except on public holidays.

You can see a list of the Case 004 crime sites sorted by province by moving your mouse over the different provinces in the map below.
Source: http://www.eccc.gov.kh/en/case-004-crime-sites

 
Statistics for Case 002/1

Below you will find updated statistics about the number of witnesses, trial days and public attendance in the first trial against Khieu Samphan, Ieng Sary and Nuon Chea. The numbers are updated as of 31 December 2012.

Case002-Facts31Dec2012

 
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