Phnom Penh, Cambodia – The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on 31 January 2024 launched the ECCC Mobile Bus that aims to carry out broad outreach and educational activities about the trial process, achievements, and legacies of the ECCC. The ECCC Mobile Bus, the extension of its Resource Centre inaugurated on 27 September 2023, will serve the public, students, youth, communities, and civil parties living in remote areas.
The launch ceremony of the ECCC Mobile Bus was organized in collaboration with and at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) and with the participation of its honorable delegates including rector H.E. Professor Chet Chealy.
H.E. Tony Kranh, Acting Director of Administration of the ECCC said, “the ECCC Mobile Bus is equipped with laptops, a meeting room connecting with LCD projectors, an interactive touch panel for drawing, presentation, and video screening, and with educational materials and multimedia contents about trial proceedings that will serve the public for study and research”. He added that the Mobile Bus will travel throughout the country to meet Cambodian and will stop in the 25 provinces and cities such as school, university, downtown, pagoda, and market. The ECCC Mobile Bus will begin its travelling in Phnom Penh and will stop by educational institutions including schools and universities where the ECCC will organize events and presentations, interactive activities, and discussions with the audience, to learn more about the ECCC, its history and trials, its current and future activities, and the resources available to the public.
Rector of the RUPP, H.E. Professor Chet Chealy congratulated the launch of the ECCC Mobile Bus and appreciated its cooperation and the related work done by the ECCC so far over the trial proceedings and outreach activities.
During the event, delegates and participating students toured the ECCC Mobile Bus followed by presentation of the ECCC officials about its technology and educational materials equipped on the bus. At the end, a penal discussion was organized with participation of two representatives of civil parties and two representatives of the RUPP’s students, and for the purpose of sharing their experiences while participating in the trial process.
The ECCC resource centre consists of six components: (1) a library and research hub, (2) a new website which is being updated and upgraded in an innovative way, (3) a digital and hard copy archive in line with international standards, (4) a multi-purpose venue for organizing workshops and moot courts, (5) a consultation and exhibition venue, and (6) a remembrance and reflection space. The Resource Centre is now available for the public with free of charge and it is located at ECCC residual premises, 1st Floor, Building 40, Russian Blvd. (Street 110), Sangkat Mittapheap, Khan 7 Makara, downtown Phnom Penh. The library and research space of the ECCC Resource Centre opens daily (Monday-Friday) from 09:00 to 20:00, and on weekends and official holidays from 09:00 to 18:00.